Been talking with a guy who is in a hurting place. Really hurting. Brothers in his group have decided they don’t like anything this youth guy is doing. The mom, who really isn’t part of the church, just UNLOADED on him with both barrels and extra ammo. Then she hung up. It left this guy shot straight to the heart, by way of damaging him in the gut, too.
What to do? We know hurting people hurt people. We’re in the business of working with broken lives. But what else do we know?
1) Time and truth go hand in hand. Enough time gone by will show where you were right (if you were) and the world will turn right side up again.
2) People were always telling Jesus what he was doing wrong; ways his ministry could be better.
3) No gloating or passive aggressive behavior on your part is ever appropriate or helpful. Don’t withhold doing the right thing just because “I’ll show them. They can’t do it w/o me.”
So…take whatever kernels of truth and plant them in ur mind for future improvement. Leave what’s the other person’s junk and toss it away. Don’t dwell on all-consuming negative thoughts.
After all, hurting kids need you.