By Jerome Baker
Sooner or later no matter how polite, friendly, God-fearing, kind, or discreet about your business you may be somebody is going to spread rumors or lies about you. I have seen people get fighting mad when this happens. But this is just a part of life, whether you are in high school, college, or in the work place. It is best to learn how to deal with it while young so you don’t lose your mind or some silliness. Here are a few ways young people can deal with the lies people tell.
1. Don’t trip
People are people. Don’t get bent out of shape when it happens. One way not to lose your sanity is to recognize you can’t control what people do. But, you can control how you behave and respond. People that lie and spread false rumors will eventual get theirs in the end.
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.
2. Deal with it
After you calm down, if it is possible go to the person in the right way and try to address what you think they have said. Don’t be confrontational. Realize that you are dealing with what you think has been said. And even though you might be angry, don’t retaliate on social media or talk about it with your big mouth friend; this will only make things worst!
3. They just childish
Some people spread lies and rumors because they are jealous, hateful, spiteful, or just immature. Try not to pay it any mind. Pray for them and don’t even waste your time or energy entertaining their childish behavior.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
4. Learn and leave them alone
How people treat you is an indication of how they really feel about you. Learn from it and keep it moving. Keep moving forward and enjoying life. You have more important things to do with your life than trying to put out the little fires that people start.
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© Copyright 2015 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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