Speak Up


Proverbs 31:8

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Wow, what a powerful little sentence.   And how many times have I ignored it..  Not because I am cruel but because, I don’t want to get involved.

Hear me out…

How many times have I seen children being yelled at over something so simple or minor.  In the grocery store one day, I witnessed a case of verbal abuse that shook every nerve in my body.  Did I say anything on behalf of that child? No.  I thought it would be best for me to just walk away.

Funny though, while teaching, any student of mine who spoke of any hint of abuse verbal, physical, emotional… I stood by that student regardless.  Perhaps, it was my duty as a teacher.  Well, the law says I must report it.  And I followed it to the letter.  But what about that child in the grocery store?  Why didn’t I say a word?

Some of you may be thinking, well, the mother may have had a bad day.  And you are correct.  But, the cursing and the demeanor of that mother was frightening to me.  I can only imagine how that child felt.  The Bible tells us to point out the errs of our sisters and brothers.  So, why don’t I do it in every case?

I admit there have been times that I screamed at my kids.  Felt horrible afterwards, but if someone approached me and made me aware of my mistake the focus would most likely be taken off the child or I would settle down and beg forgiveness.

I don’t think I would have approached that mother with her attitude but with an attitude of love.  I would have rather the focus or brunt of her anger be towards me, an adult, who most likely could handle it than on the child.


I wish I could turn back time and approach the lady.  Nevertheless, I can pray for her and hope for God’s grace to protect the child.

Well, my friends, I hope you have a great day!  God bless…

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