The truth about lies
Rumors can hurt, but Jesus is always there to help.
So you’re walking down the hallway at school. Just another normal day, right? That’s what you think until you see the quiet stares from people looking at you like you’re from another planet. And they’re whispering. You think, Is there something on my shirt? Is my hair messed up? You duck into the bathroom to check the mirror, but nothing looks out of place. You start to head out the door when your best friend pulls you aside and tells you that someone started a nasty rumor about you. Your stomach drops. What do you do?
High school can be nasty—real nasty. I don’t care if you go to public school or private school because there’s always sin around every comer. Private schools are not by any means perfect just because they are “Jesus schools.” The rumors at my private school can be nasty, and I definitely wouldn’t want to be the object of one.
Sadly enough, I became involved in one, and it stunk. Someone pulled me aside and told me that my boyfriend cheated on me with a girl I considered to be my friend. I felt betrayed, hurt, and most of all disappointed. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t talk to my boyfriend who was five hundred miles away at college, and I didn’t know if I could trust my so-called “friend.” People left and right were telling me things about my own life I didn’t even know, so how in the world would I know whom to trust?
Of course I had talked to my close friends about it. But the thing that helped me the most was the religion class I had the period after I found out about the rumor. Sitting there in class, I was reminded to pray.
When the topic of rumors comes up, the “first grade” answer is that you ask Jesus for help. Well, I’m going to be honest with you: That’s not always the first thing that comes to mind. Most likely, you’re a typical teenage kid, and you panic. I’ve been there. You want to know who started it, and you probably want to confront them. Or maybe you’re a person who just wants to hide out in the bathroom for the rest of your life. Whatever kind of person you are, there’s one thing you should do before you go hunt anyone down or change your name and attempt to leave the country. That one thing is to pray.
When I felt like everyone was against me and lying to my face, I went to the one person I knew would tell me the truth when no one else would. That was Jesus. All I wanted that day was the truth, and by praying for help, Jesus led me to it. He helped me to stay calm and handle the situation. I realized that it doesn’t matter what other people say.
So finally I talked with people who would know whether the rumor was true or not. And with Jesus’ help, I decided that the rumor was exactly that: a rumor.
I don’t know why people start rumors, and I probably never will understand it fully. I know high school can seem like an endless circle of gossip sometimes, but don’t go hunt anyone down, and please don’t change your name and move to another country. You may feel like you’re physically or emotionally at your weakest, but with God you’re always at full strength.
Pray, because when rumors and lies hurt, Jesus can help.
The author asked to be kept anonymous.
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Issue: June 2015
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