…002 – Amanda Todd pt 2 – words & actions do matter…

Note: Audio from this week’s Chapel is included below. You can play it in this website, or download it to play as you wish.

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Take home message from Chapel:

Our words and our actions have such power – for good or for bad

We are all on a journey; we all find ourselves on a path. Be it a faith journey, a school journey, a maturity journey, or a physical destination journey – we all can relate to being in process. In light of Amanda Todd’s tragic incident earlier this October, and building off last week’s Chapel talk, I believe that we can also find ourselves on a spectrum of giving & receiving. But, the spectrum I want to present this week is one of hurtful words & actions. I don’t want to call this Bullying, but I do want to admit that we all have been givers and receivers of hurtful words. The audio below will explain this in greater detail.

Last week (previous post called part 1) we saw Amanda’s own YouTube video recorded a month before she took her life. After having a grade 7 post-chapel discussion, a group of students created their own response video as seen below. They had no staff help. Just as Amanda’s mother has said, “I have lost one child, but know she wanted her story to save 1,000 more,” I hope this grade 7 response video can serve as a light in a dark world with the message of God’s love. Great job grade 7s!

As I spoke with our students I made it clear that Bullying is the repeated attempt to undermine, intimidate, influence, and harm. A bully does not listen to the request to STOP and does not heed to the response of NO. Yet, as I built this talk, I aimed to speak to all of us – first-time or repeat offenders – who offer hurtful words or actions. Sometimes it’s a one-time big issue and other times it’s an ongoing small thing that although little, can add up over the long run. In the audio, I offer two of these negative examples from my own life – two things I am not proud of. Yes, your principal has things he is not proud of in his past. Yes, your principal is human. Yes, your principal needs to ask forgiveness…often.

Although I offer words to our givers and receivers on our spectrum of hurt, I did fail to mention those who may indeed be neither. I mean, some people may find themselves not directly involved. But, as an innocent bystander, they have an obligation to stand up for what is right, to stand up for Truth, and to stand up for those being hurt. They need courage to stand up and courage to speak to someone who can help.

I used the following scripture in the talk:

    • Col 4:6 – …speech being always full of grace, seasoned with salt…
    • Eph 4:22 – …putting off the old self; putting on the new…
    • Eph 4:29 – …do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…
    • Eph 5:4 – …nor should there be any obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking
    • Eph 5:8 – …you were once in darkness, but now you are in the light…
    • [conclusion] 2Cor 10:2-6 – …taking every thought captive…
    • [conclusion] Col 3:17 – whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…

As a self-reflection piece, I created this quick document to help students process where they might be at. I have given two sections – a personal side and also a peer-input side. I really want students to spend time with someone who knows them well to go over this page.

As always, I would love your thoughts on this post. I value and appreciate your feedback. The goal of eduglean is to glean/encourage/challenge/etc. one another. I invite you to consider offering a few words for the rest of us. Thanks in advance!

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2 thoughts on “…002 – Amanda Todd pt 2 – words & actions do matter…

  1. sue

    A very timely message. I was glad to hear you give permission/suggestions that sometimes, while we do need to forgive, sometimes it is wise to then walk away when you know it is no longer a good choice to hang with that person. Anyway, well spoken, I hope that if it was necessary, some kids came to you or another of the staff to get help. Amanda’s situation just should never have been. Very very sad how we wound each other. Keep giving hope in your messages…
    take care
    sue

    Reply
    1. eduglean Post author

      Hello Sue, and thanks for your comments. I agree – Amanda’s situation is one that we all wish could/would/should have been prevented. Yet, decisions can have lasting consequences. There are wounds, and there is grace. There is hurt, and there is forgiveness. There is doubt, and there is God’s love that fills us with His peace. I trust that hope can be found in our Chapel messages because God offers hope galore!
      Thanks again for the read and listen, and for taking the time to comment.
      Paul

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