One day over Spring Break, I saw a side of my daughter that not too many people ever get to see...including me. Jamie is normally on the quiet side, tends to lay low, keeps to herself, normally found with her nose in a book.
We had gone to the State Park to visit friend's who were camping there for the week, when Jamie comes storming across the street, waving her hands around in the air, and this is what I heard her saying...
"This boy, he called me fat!! So I flicked him upside his head and he took off crying and said he was gonna tell his mom, but I don't care! I'm not scared!!"
It caught me totally off guard! I honestly had to stifle my giggles because part of me found it funny. But I calmed her down, and told her she needed to go apologize to that kid for "flicking him upside his head." Regardless of what he did, she was only responsible for her actions. Even though the fleshly side of me wanted to go pin him down so she could do it again (Don't ever call my baby fat!), I knew she needed to swallow her pride and do the right thing.
Then last night in our "Believing God" Bible Study, we were talking about our witness as Christians and how God has called us to be bold. I thought about Jamie's incident at the park and wondered how much of an impact we would truly have on this world if all Christians were bold for Christ...not being worried about what others may think of us, or scared we're going to step on someone's toes, but to run this race with perseverance, knowing the prize that awaits us at the end.
"The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,but the godly are as bold as lions." Proverbs 28:1
"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
And incidentally, no, the little boy did not come back to the playground.