To Prove Our Strength

At school and on the playground it often seems important to gain respect. Some people think that a good way to do this is to prove through a show of force that they are as strong or stronger than others. Often children feel such pressure to do this that they become violent. They push the others around and try to impress by being rough. And it's not only children who do this. Older people sometimes do it too.

But this is not a good way to prove one's strength. Violence leads to trouble for everyone. In the long run it makes one unpopular. Nobody likes a bully. Besides, it really displays weakness, not strength.

The Bible shows a better way of proving our strength than by being physically rough or mentally tough. It's a spiritual method, and one that anyone can use—both boys and girls, men and women. It's simple to learn, and it's good to start using it as soon as possible, when you're very young. If you do, you'll find it easy to follow, and people will respect you all through life—just as people respected David, the great man of Old Testament days, from the time he was a youth until he was old.

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