Yesterday at the bus stop one of our youth got punched in the face because they grabbed someone by the shoulder to get their attention. Now our youth was in the wrong for touching someone they don't know very well but who just turns around and starts to whale on someone? I don't understand what makes people feel like they have the right to hit someone without knowing what exactly is going on.
When I was in Middle School I got punched in the nose. It was in shop class. I honestly don't even know what it was I did to get punched. I didn't instigate it or do anything to rock the boat. I just remember the kid rearing back and punching me square in the nose. I then remember standing over the big metal barrel trash can full of saw dust bleeding. Both the shop teacher and the gym teacher saw me but neither one of them did anything to help me. It wasn't till I got home and my mother came to school and took care of things did anyone do anything about it. Everyone knows what happens when you unleash the wrath of Mom!
I was pretty shy in school so I didn't say anything to anyone about getting hit so my other teachers probably didn't even realize that anything was wrong. I just dealt with the pain till I got home and told my parents what happened.
I am sure that the boy that hit me had other issues and I wasn't the main problem. I was just an outlet for his anger and hurt. I think that is what our youth was as well. Unfortunately we never know what's going on in people's lives that cause them to react the way they do. Their reaction may be verbal or it may be physical but 9 times out of 10 you are not the cause of that pain you are just the means to an end.
It is not okay to hit people. You are not Rocky! Life is not a boxing match, we are not here to trade physical or verbal punches. Our youth is a great kid with a loving heart, a joyful spirit, and a caring soul. He didn't deserve to get punched in the face.
I have to say that I am very proud of our youth for not retaliating. He got up off the ground and brushed himself off but didn't go after the kid. That takes more guts and courage than throwing a punch. Looking a kid in the face after they have caused you pain whether it is physical or verbal pain and then walking away is living into what you believe. It is showing other what following Jesus in the real world looks like.
Walking with Jesus sometimes means we have to walk away...