This young actor, from the show “This is Us,” recently on instagram, Lonnie Chavis, recently spoke out against the bullying he faced online for the gap in his teeth. When people pick on him to get it fixed, he replies, “fix your heart,” and discusses how there are teens and young people who are cutting and even suicidal. Let this be a friendly reminder to not be a mean girl or to tease people along with the popular crowd no matter how much you feel the pressure to.
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PSA! Yes I have a gap in my teeth, that braces can fix when all my baby teeth fall out. I’m gonna keep on smiling though 😃 🛑 STOP TROLLING 🛑 STOP BULLYING! Fix your heart! To all those being bullied or being trolled YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE AWESOME, and YOU MATTER! ❤️ #FixYourHeart
Let us stand up for the ones who feel outcast, and reach out to the girl who maybe feels alone or has no one to sit with at lunch. I remember, when I first met Nicole, Project Inspired founder, I invited her to sit with me at lunch, because she was sitting with party girls, a year older than me and who were not good or nice people. I welcomed her to the area I was sitting because I had people in my age group and her age and knew that they were friendly and kind.
Let us reach out to those around us, for everyone is facing some type of battle. If someone is mean to you or bullying you, there is a quote or saying that “hurt people hurt people.” We need to remember that even the bullies are facing some kind of heart break or pain and maybe are taking it out on you or someone you know. The Bible says to, “… pray for your enemies…” and also to “… turn the other cheek.” (Matthew 5:43-45)
Jesus tells us that we must give even our enemy our jacket or cloak, and we must show those who persecute and accuse us God’s love. There is nothing that can come against the force of love. God is love and in Him dwells no darkness. He wants us to shine our light and be children of God regardless of persecution. No, it is not easy, and I am not saying let people walk all over you nor abuse you. Not at all, but what I am saying is to pray for your enemies or those who attack you.
We must remember that even Jesus, the son of God, was persecuted and misunderstood. He tells us in scripture that “… a prophet is not received in his own hometown.” (Luke 4:24) What does this mean? Well, many claimed that “… nothing good comes from Nazareth…” (John 1:46). Note that Nazareth was Jesus’ birthplace.
Often times, even those closest to us can hurt us the most with their words or actions because they’re intimidated you are pursuing your dreams or being who God called you to be. Or even online people can write mean or nasty comments but our response in Christ is up to us.
We must remember we are in a spiritual battle and that not everything is as it seems. Many times people are allowing their flesh or other spiritual forces to come in between your relationship. It’s not every moment or second that people are always walking “… in step with the spirit…” (Galatians 5:25) so we have to be aware of this and put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6). We know that if we are obeying God that is all that matters.
If we are obeying and doing good and honoring those around us then we are in good standing with God and he will protect us. If we fall prey to the enemy we can also pray for His divine protection (Psalm 91). At the end of the day, as a Christian, we will be attacked but the Bible says that, “…no weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54).
This means that even as a person attacks can form but if you clothe yourself with Christ and his righteousness and the living water that every fiery dart of the enemy will be quenched! I am so proud of this young boy for being so brave and for speaking positively and not caving into peer pressure or retaliating in a mean way back.
Bravo to the parents of this young boy, for he handled this situation well and displayed leadership qualities. I pray that this video taught you something and even showed you that “… out of the mouth of babes…” (Matthew 21:16). This verse is saying that even a child can even teach us very valuable life lessons. We must love one another and pray for those who criticize us for no reason or for things we cannot help.
PI ladies, what do you think about the video and how did it impact you personally? Comment below if you have any prayer requests!
[Source: repost @LonnieChavis]