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Devotions For Super Average Kids
30 Adventures With God for Kids Who Like to Laugh
By Bob Smiley, Jesse Florea
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2014 Bob Smiley and Focus on the Family
All rights reserved.
The Skinny on Bullying
I became a hero today! Come to think of it, I'm an unsung hero because nobody's written a song about me. Maybe you will after you read this chapter.
I've always been skinny. I know this because I have a mirror. But in case I ever forget, kids remind me of this fact all the time ...
"You're so skinny that you can use ChapStick as deodorant."
"You're so skinny that if you put a dime on your head, people would think you're a nail."
"You're so skinny that your pants only have one belt loop."
"You're so skinny that you could hula-hoop with a Cheerio."
I hear stuff like that all the time. But Kyler's so skinny that he can dodge raindrops.
Once Kyler told me he used venetian blinds as a bunk bed. He's fine with the fact that God made him skinny, but some kids at school pick on him. Today was no exception.
It started with Clint and Clay standing by their lockers (insert bad-guy music here). Kyler and I walked up to grab our books for the next class (now switch to hero music).
"Did someone order two Popsicle sticks?" Clay joked.
Kyler ignored him and swung open his locker door just as Clint jumped toward me to start the flinching game.
Do you know this game? A big kid acts like he's going to punch you. Then you flinch because it's encoded in your DNA to avoid bodily harm. That's followed by the big kid saying the only words in the game: "Two for flinching." Then he hits you two times in the arm. I don't know who invented this game, but it wasn't a skinny kid.
Anyway, Clint jumped at me headfirst. This would've been a nice move in the flinching game had Kyler's locker door not swung open and hit Clint right in the face.
"Awww, my nose!" Clint said, holding his face.
"Yeah, maybe you should nose better than to pick on other kids," Kyler said.
It was a funny line, but not the smartest one to say. Fortunately, Mr. Gribble, our janitor, walked around the corner at that exact moment.
"You boys get to class," he said.
Clint turned to Kyler and mouthed the words, "Poor Fred."
As it turned out, I'm bad at lipreading. What Clint actually mouthed was "You're dead."
For the next three hours, news spread all over school that Clint was going to beat up Kyler in the locker room after gym class. I know gossip is bad, but this time it helped. It gave me time to make a plan. I began passing notes to all the skinny kids. I didn't know if they'd help, but I had to try.
Gym class finally came. We played sock ball, which used to be called dodgeball before lawyers made teachers exchange the balls for socks. All through the game I could tell Kyler was nervous about what was waiting for him in the locker room.
Sure enough, when Kyler walked in, Clint and Clay were already there. Kyler tried to go to his locker, but Clint cut him off.
"Look," Kyler said. "It was an accident. I just want to change and go to my class."
"Not till you pay," Clay said.
That's when I heard the first towel go pop!
I knew right then that my plan was going to work. I looked around the locker room and saw 19 skinny kids with towels wrapped and ready to snap.
"You may be able to beat us all up," Glasses McQueen said, stepping forward. "But you aren't getting out of here without a ton of welts from our towels. There's more of us than there are of you."
I quickly did the math, and Glasses was right! Clint looked around the locker room at a bunch of towel-wielding, skinny kids who were tired of getting picked on. And he left! He just turned and ran. Clay stood there, but not for long.
"Hey, this isn't my fight," he said. "I'm outta here."
Afterward, Kyler thanked Glasses. Glasses told him to thank me, because I'd written a note to everybody mapping out a plan to stand up to these bullies once and for all. Hopefully just once.
So that's how I became a hero. Let the song writing begin!
Super Average Advice
Bullying can become a vicious cycle, which sounds like a bike with sharp teeth and claws. But it's not. A vicious cycle is when one trouble leads to another one that stirs up the first trouble again. Pretty soon the problem spins around and around in a circle, getting totally out of control.
Nobody likes to be bullied. Many kids who experience bullying want to seek revenge. But revenge is like building a bridge over a deep canyon. You should leave it to the experts.
The only expert in revenge is God. Romans 12:19 says, "Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord."
Gathering a bunch of friends to stand up to a bully may work, but it's not always a good idea. It may escalate the situation, causing additional conflict and pain.
At the same time, doing nothing to stop a bully is like wearing muddy boots in a bathtub. You'll end up standing in a muddy puddle. (Hey, that sounds funny. Try saying "muddy puddle" 10 times fast.) Wait, a muddy puddle?
Yes, the Bible says, "Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked" (Proverbs 25:26, ESV). As followers of Christ, we should stand up to evil. And experts say the best way to stop bullying is to get an adult involved.
If you see or experience any bullying, tell an adult you trust—a parent, a teacher, a coach, your principal. And don't forget to pray. God will give you the courage, strength, and wisdom to stand up to bullying in the best possible way. When you share what's happening with an adult, you're not being a tattletale. You're being a hero ... even if you never get a song written about you.
Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9—10, 12
1. Why is it often better to work together instead of by yourself?
2. These Bible verses can relate to many areas of life—friendship, helping each other, even marriage. How do you think they relate to bullying?
Did You Know?
Thousands of children miss school at least one day every month because they're afraid of being bullied.
In 2011, almost seven million students between 12 and 18 years of age said they'd been bullied during the school year.
Bullies often travel in packs, preying on the weak and injured.
Want to be great at dodgeba—er, sock ball? First, never stand still. Keep on your toes and keep moving. Second, when you want to get someone out, fake a low throw at his feet. If he jumps, throw hard at him in the air when he's not able to move.
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Table of Contents
ContentsIntroduction: Meet Average Boy—Again, 1,
1. The Skinny on Bullying, 3,
2. Dial R for Responsibility, 9,
3. The Game of Life, 17,
4. Foul-Mouthed Singers , 23,
5. Lifestyles of the Rich and Ignored, 29,
6. Vexed by a Text, 37,
7. Tech Takeover, 45,
8. Just Take a Mulligan, 53,
9. A Narrow Path to Victory, 59,
10. Does School Bug You? , 65,
11. The Smell of Success! , 71,
12. Committed! , 79,
13. Mannequins, Mall Cops, and Me ... Oh My!, 85,
14. The Great Debate, 91,
15. Super Average Garageless Sale, 97,
16. Hangin' with High Schoolers , 103,
17. A Great Goal, 111,
18. Cutting It Close , 119,
19. Comedic Calling, 125,
20. Dress to Impress, 131,
21. Knock, Knock, 137,
22. Down but Not Out , 143,
23. Sigh ... Why Did I Lie?, 151,
24. Someone to Watch Over Me, 157,
25. Read All About It, 163,
26. Some Assembly Required, 169,
27. Pop Up and Get Out , 177,
28. Time Is Not on Your Side , 183,
29. Out of the Woods, 189,
30. Way to Bee!, 197,
Appendix: Average Boy Online, 205,
Data Bank of Facts, 210,