Fifth grade. Middle school. A building full of 5th-8th graders, 10-year-old children to 14-year-old puberty stricken adolescents. Whose bright idea was this?
It wasn’t so bad at first. I wasn’t the only ‘child’ in the school. There were other short, skinny, knock kneed, flat chested girls. The problem was I didn’t know them yet. My friends were the woman childs and apparently I wasn’t fitting into the image they wanted to present to the rest of the school.
Ignore the child. That was their first line of attack. I was a bit naive I guess because that didn’t work. Stand at the door and when the child enters stare at her and tell her you’re gonna beat her up. Now that got my attention! I stayed away. However, just to make sure I received the message and didn’t wander my skinny behind back onto their path, they met me at the entrance to school many mornings and reminded me.
Intimidation – to force into or deter from action by inducing fear.
Intimidation can take on many forms. It can be extremely harsh like bullying or sly and subtle like being tongue tied by someone’s status or gifts. The goal is always the same; to make us timid and discourage us from action. It is a major weapon in the war against Love and an obstacle to living the fullness of our masterpiece.
Unfortunately our world is full of intimidating forces. Everyday we see and hear the most devastating consequences of those who do not comply. Often that alone has the power to silence and suppress our gifts and voice. It is about survival. Who in their right mind would choose to suffer such great lose? Keep quiet, comply and stay under the radar. But is that how we are created to live?
In fifth grade the intimidation finally stopped. In reflecting back to the reason, it is clear that I chose to believe I had value and something to offer. That belief was affirmed by a beautiful vocal music teacher. She saw the natural gifts and talent fashioned and birthed in my DNA and she validated and called those gifts forth.
In what ways are you being intimidated today? Are you are feeling timid and fearful? Are you are being intimidated into not expressing the gifts and calling you have been bestowed?
You may never have a music teacher by your side, but you do have Someone more powerful. He is the Lion of Judah and when you and I choose to live this masterpiece He has created HE roars and all that seeks to suppress and silence, even death itself, will never prevail.
To Him be the glory forever and ever!
Unhindered…live the masterpiece!
“They were stoned,: they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword….The world was not worthy of them.” Hebrews 11:37-38