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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: The Bully
By Rod Nichols


Every day I face a bully. In the morning he comments about my graying hair and bulbous midsection. It seems heís always there when I face a challenge, to tell me how incapable I am. When things go wrong, the bully is right there to assure me that things will continue to go wrong. If I find myself in a time of prosperity, he will whisper in my ear that it wonít last and often I believe him. When my friends and family are having tough times, the bully tells me that ďmisery loves company.Ē Yet, when they are prospering, he tells me that they deserve it more than I do and encourages me to be jealous and envious.

Unlike other bullies I have faced, this one never trips me in the hall. He never threatens me or picks a fist fight. This bully prefers to taunt and tease with words. He loves to beat down my self-esteem with degrading comments. He enjoys bringing up the list of my past failures and tells me that my life is just one failure after the last. Sometimes the bully even enlists the help of another person who tells me of my faults or failings.

Iíve spoken with other people and it appears that I am not the only victim of this bully. Others have shared their experiences with him. His taunting has been so strong with some that it has led to depression and even suicide. Nothing seems to bother the bully; he just continues his work faithfully.

Who is this bully? Itís the flesh. It is my own flesh man who has bullied me all my life. It is the flesh that leads many people into temptation and disaster. In fact it was this flesh bully who caused the Son of God to die on that old rugged cross. It is the flesh man who is sinful and it is for the atonement of that sin that Jesus died.

In Romans 6:6, the Apostle Paul says, ďFor we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sinÖĒ I find that even though I am a new creation in Christ, I still must fight that same bully each day. Just like the school yard bullies in my past, nothing seems to stop him from attacking me. I just thank God that I donít have to fight him alone; my friend Jesus is always there to encourage me on to victory.

Rod Nichols is an Associate Pastor at Truth and Grace Foursquare Church in Tacoma, WA. He is also a published author and accomplished public speaker and teacher. Rodís latest book, Godís Prosperity Plan (www.GodsProsperityPlan.com) was released in late July, 2004. He is also a regular contributor to Men of Integrity Magazine. Rod is married with five children. He and his wife Karen live in beautiful Washington State. For more of Rodís articles and stories visit www.RodNichols.com.

Member Comments
Member Date
Dian Moore08/16/04
Thanks for pointing out the bully who wants to see us fail. Good points.
darlene hight08/16/04
Soo True! Good entry!
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/17/04
We're our own worst bully.

Great thoughts and best wishes with your new book.
Mary Elder-Criss08/18/04
Yep, have to agree. I'm my own worst enemy. Glad I have a Higher Power looking out for me. Thanks for your words.
L.M. Lee08/21/04
yep, the flesh is the worse bully...we can't walk away from him.
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
A good piece of writing that will leave others going through the same a glimmer of hope, and to know they're not alone. Thank you and God bless.