Monday, March 27, 2006
Don't Hurt Others
Chelsea and Carliagni were with their parents on a summer holiday at a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. The sea water was as blue as the sky on a clear day and warm and refreshing. The white sand was perfect for making sandcastles and running. Chelsea and Carliagni were on the beach making sandcastles after spending the past hour playing in the water. They were having a great time!
Suddenly two unfamiliar boys came running by their blanket making a lot of noise.
"Bang, bang" said the older boy with his thumb in the air and his index finger pointing forward in the shape of a gun. The younger boy rolled around in the sand and said "Bang!" to the older boy using his hand in the very same way.
These boys were loud and snorted while they were pretending to shoot one another. The older boy dropped down on the sand, pretending to be dead while the other boy acted like a great champion. Then they both laughed and ran away.
After seeing this, the girls made guns out of their fingers imitating the other boys. "Bang bang!"
At that very moment, their mother said, "Please stop doing that immediately!"
Startled, Chelsea said, "Mom, we were just playing and our friends play this way all of the time at school."
Mom asked the girls to come to the beach chairs, it was time for a little chat. They needed to explain God's plan for respecting human life and for honoring the dignity of all persons.
Dad said, "Many years ago, God gave commandments to Moses, the fifth one said that we should not kill." So, we must not hurt or harm anyone, but help them and be a friend.”
"Oh come on, we were not killing anyone, we were just playing" said Carliagni .
Dad said, "Of course, you were not killing but you were pretending to kill. That is not a fun game to play. You were playing something that is wrong."
Mom then said, "Life is so special, I remember the days you were both born and I held you in my arms." Mom sighed and said further, "Oh, all the dreams and wishes I have for you. I could not imagine you being killed. Or you being someone who would pretend to take that dream away from another mother by killing their child."
Dad said, "If you are going to have fun, play games that make life special. Take part in sports, make each other laugh, run and play. These all are ways to enjoy life."
Mom said, "Girls, killing is against God's law. God wants you to obey the laws so you can benefit from God's love for you. God loves you more than you can imagine. God also has wishes and hoped and dreams for you! Being a person who respects life is a person who can enjoy all of the people God has made and most of all, it allows you to be truly happy."
"Wow! We are sorry” the girls said.
Mom and Dad just hugged one another and were proud that their children did not choose to make killing a game.
Many children play games that shoot and kill. Every life is precious and we should not do anything to cause harm to anyone. God wants you to be special. Don’t play any killing games instead play games that will make your life and the life of others special.