stop it

This is simply a great video and not entirely about bullying.  Though I heard President Dieter F Uchtdorf’s talk last year, I guess I didn’t really listen because there was a lot said in the video that applied to me.  And, since I’m not in the habit of upsetting people or wishing them harm and I still found it applied to me, perhaps you may feel the same way.

Anyway, when I watched the video above, I felt inspired to share the words of a YSA blogger I know.  Megan’s full post is at “Be Helpful, Not Hurtful

She wrote, “If you are bullying someone or a group of people, please stop. It’s not fair for them and it’s not fair for you. Always try to think about the other people’s feelings about it. It does hurt and sometimes it can be hard about forgiving and saying sorry to them. Just don’t do it.”

I’d also like to include President Uchtdorf’s words here as I think we could all learn a lot, particularly about our own selves, if we apply what he says into our lives.

I imagine that every person on earth has been affected in some way by the destructive spirit of contention, resentment and revenge. The spirit of envy and hatred has led to some of the most tragic stories in history. Perhaps there are even times when we recognize this spirit in ourselves.

People do things that annoy, disappoint, and anger. Though we cannot look into another’s heart, we assume that we know a bad motive or even a bad person when we see one. This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon.

When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following…
Stop it!

Haven’t we all at one time or another meekly approached the mercy seat and pleaded for Grace. Haven’t we’ve wished with all the energy of our souls for mercy to be forgiven for the mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed.

Forgiving ourselves and others is not easy. In fact for most of us it requires a major change in our attitude and way of thinking even a change of heart.

Consider the following questions as a self-test.
Do you harbor grudge against someone else?
Do you gossip even when what you say may be true?
Do you exclude, push away, or punish others because of something they have done?
Do you secretly envy another?
Do you wish to cause harm to someone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to apply the two-word sermon from earlier: Stop it!

There’s enough heartache and sorrow in this life without our adding to it through our own stubbornness, bitterness, and resentment.

This mighty change of heart is exactly what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is designed to bring about. Let us be kind, let us forgive, let us talk peacefully with each other, let us do good unto all men.

Allowing us to see others the way our Heavenly Father sees us, as flawed and imperfect mortals, who have potential and worth far beyond our capacity to imagine.

Because God loves us so much, we too must love and forgive. Remember, in the end it is the merciful who obtain mercy.