Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world…
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A coworker said that he told his 17-year-old niece that it looked like her clothes wouldn’t fit much longer. Then her dad chimed in that she was looking chunky.
If that isn’t the worst thing to tell a teenage girl, I don’t know what is. This episode involving an Olympic gymnast comes to mind:
During a critique session during a national-team trip to Budapest, Hungary, [Christy] Henrich heard a gymnastics judge tell her that she’d have to watch her weight if she intended to fly as high as she hoped as a gymnast.
“I know that judge,” said Al Fong, then Henrich’s coach at the Great American Gymnastics Express in Blue Springs.
“She isn’t mean. I can’t believe she came right out and said, ‘Christy, you’re fat.’ But that’s the way Christy took it. She took it to heart, way down deep, and she could never get rid of it.
This girl, Christy Henrich, ended up starving herself to death as a result of that comment.