Anonymous, 7th grader in Texas
I found kindness through God. It was a single moment when my feelings and heart changed towards people. I have moved around a lot and had to make new friends every year at a new school. My life at home has been confusing and sometimes makes me angry. I feel sad and left out a lot because my parents split my brother and I up when I was very young and my Dad re-married and has new kids. Kids were mean to me in new schools at times and I felt alone. I feel like I have grown up a lot and had to make decisions sooner than kids around me. I am able to recognize when people go out of their way to be kind I think sooner than my friends. When you grow up fast and move a lot it can be positive sometimes too. I am trying to find the good in all of it. I know someday I will be making my choices and I am beginning to think about those.
So I went to summer camp this year and it a Christian camp. I met an amazing counselor and lots of new wonderful friends. I had a hard year and was going to be moving so it was nice to just have fun. No stress. One night I was singing in the evening worship and I asked God to help me. Please help me. I said I wanted to know if He was real and if he was to please show me. I prayed hard. All of a sudden God was real. I felt joy and happiness. He showed me what it felt like to not be alone. I am so grateful. Kindenss and compassion to me is my God. My life is good.
If there is one person that bullies you or that is a little mean to you then try to be kind. Try not to bully back, but instead be kind and compassionate and make friends with them. Be a good example and a leader above all. If a bully is really serious then tell a parent or a trusted adult.
If you are having a friend over to play and you can’t decide what to do while arguing about the choices, then just throw out ideas. Compromise and mix your ideas and/or be a peacemaker. Let your friend choose even if you would rather do something else. It would make them happy, so why not let them decide! Put a smile on your face and have a happy attitude and I promise you will end up having fun making someone else happy!