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Being bullied and taken advantage of is not fun. But all too often it’s the only reality we know and it’s easier to just continue doing what we’ve always done. However, at some point, we must draw our line in the sand and stand up for ourselves if we want things to change.

Bullies will continue their tactics as long as they are tolerated. It works for them and there’s no motivation to change.

And, to be fair, they’re not always malicious in their intent. They’re not always out to get us or to cause us harm. They simply want what they want and they’re likely unaware of how their choices are impacting us.

For instance, this happens when parents push their child to pursue a particular sport or profession. While well meaning, they often don’t realize how much they’re pushing their own agenda rather than considering what’s truly in their child’s best interest.

And this can happen in the workforce as well. Organizations often care more about their own bottom line than the wellbeing and investment of their employees. And the goals of the company are pushed regardless of the work conditions created.

While we continue to honor our father and mother, there comes a point in which we no longer live as a child in their house. We draw our line in the sand and take our stand as men – fully receiving all the wisdom they have to offer, while also taking responsibility for the course of our own life.

And we don’t have to become a slave to someone else’s agenda at work either.

Of course, we’re free to enter mutual agreements and submit to organizational authorities accordingly. But this is never to the point of robbing us of who God has called us to be. Even here we must be willing to speak up for ourselves in order to honor the freedom and call God has given us.

Whatever it looks like, we cannot remain passive as others force their agendas onto us, however well meaning or ignorant they might be.

And we’re not being faithful to God when we do.

Faithfully take your stand against bullies in every form – drawing your line in the sand and courageously advancing the good God has for you.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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