The rumor mill has wreaked a little bit of he-said-she-said havoc this week, and I have come to several conclusions.
The first--if you want to stop it, you gotta stop talking.
Stop it. Now.
Secondly, if kids are involved in spreading said rumor, we need to be clear to ask them to come to us (adults) first before they say anything to anyone else. The temptation is huge, I mean HUGE, to keep it going. But perspective and personality has this magical ability to make a story much more saucy or scandalous than it was ever intended.
If it was even true in the first place.
The good news.
The good news is that God worked wonders this weekend in spite of the rumor mill. The third thing that I had learned is to always present your requests to Him first, because He is truth (truth that sets us free). His intentions are always for the best on our behalf, and it is very exciting to watch him at work.
Some of the results, for example (in this fairly vague story written in effort to show what I got to learn and also to protect those about whom the rumor was started), was to see some pre-teens reconcile. We witnessed another girl willingly open up to the group, and share some of her hurts in her life. We witnessed a parent take a step of faith.
I am praying for even bigger things, but will have to wait.
In the meantime, notice that what the evil one intends for harm, God can transform into something way better!!!
love and chau!