Sometimes Taking a Stand Means Standing Alone
Just finished reading a remarkable book – Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It’s a novel written about a boy, Auggie, who was born with a facial deformity. He was homeschooled up until the beginning of 5th grade–when his parents took a giant step of faith and enrolled him in a school. This story holds many excellent lessons for us all – no matter how old we are.
As you can imagine, this boy suffered a lot of heartache due to his physical features. His classmates share their thoughts on Auggie, and explain why they act or react the way they do when they are around him. Peer pressure at it’s best. This book brought back so many memories of my experiences from those school days – some involving my brother who is mentally challenged. Being shunned, purposely ridiculed, and unfriended can hurt to the core. Unless you’ve experienced it, you won’t understand. On the flip side, being a kind, selfless and dedicated friend can sometimes be a challenge – even today. I guess that’s how I’ve learned who my true friends are – ones who have continued to be my friend – despite my many faults.
In this world, it’s too easy to hit the delete button, unfriend…. or simply ignore. When we disagree, we often allow it to turn into hatred and bitterness. Who truly is the winner in that game? Definitely doesn’t bring any kind of glory to God, or reveal any hint of his love. Isn’t THAT why we are here? Not to be popular, not always to be loved, but to be an example of God’s love and grace. How else will others know that you aren’t full of bologna – that your faith is real? Words mean nothing without a living example. Be that example – even if it means you have to stand alone.