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Hurting yourself

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph.4:32

Frightened, weary, disappointed, mad and alone, I was raised in a house where it seemed no one was home all the time. My parents were always somewhere else. They separated, it became much worse. No one listened to me, no one cared. I was 8 when I was disciplined for falling off my bike. I was 7 when I was disciplined for crying. Parents should never take their own disappointments on the children who had no choice but to be born into this world. Some parents think its ok to hurt their children, and then they start thinking it is ok to hurt their selves.

Wrong. No one has the right to hurt anyone, especially the children. They have no way of choosing who their parents would be, nor are children deserving of physical, emotional nor verbal abuse. No child has to endure any of those things. It is true that no one is perfect, but there should be no excuses when it came to self-improvement and self-assessment. My parents could have received counseling on how to raise a child, they should have gone for counseling to fix their marriage,and they would have known I hit the wall till my knuckles went sore if they cared enough. My teachers noticed my bruises and cared enough to talk to me. They spoke to me in kindness, inquired about the happening at home. I started to trust them, I started to open up. I learned it was a mistake to hurt myself, and that it was an even worse mistake to think that I deserved to be hit and neglected.

I read somewhere: “Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional.” Whoever wrote that is right. It was a mistake to hurt myself. I will never do it again. Nor will I let anymore hurt me like before. I learned when I became a Christian, that God created us all in his image and likeness, hence we must value ourselves and value every person around us.

As a parent now myself, parenting is a challenge, I’m not perfect and have committed mistakes too. But as I learned more about Christ’s love, I learned how to be a better parent, I learned from the lessons of my past: this made me want to be the best parent that God wanted me to be.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by rainbowexpress2013

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