For the past two summers I have worked at a Christian camp. The first year made me stronger in my faith and happy to show others the light of Christ working through me. I thought the next year would be the same, but it turned out to be quite the opposite because I had to deal with bullying from some of the campers. It was hard to show the light of Christ when hurtful words led me to believe I wasn’t good enough. I kept asking myself, Why do they hate me? and What am I doing wrong?
Thankfully I had a friend who prayed for me and let me know that all the bullies’ negative comments about me were not true. My friend reminded me that my identity comes from Christ. Then I read Philippians 4:6. After reading that verse, I started sharing my troubles with God, asking God to take my burden and give me peace.
I still had to endure the bullying, but I knew that what they said wasn’t what Christ thought of me. And I still had a friend who stood alongside me. I held on to God, who led me through it all and helped me grow. Now I know how much love and peace God provides.