School’s back in session, and you know what that means. That’s right–the drama has begun! It seems that middle school and high school can’t possibly exist without it. Most of us sigh and say that we hate drama, but really we secretly enjoy getting caught up in the whispers, secrets and scandals.
Let me encourage you to handle drama differently this year. It’s inevitable that drama will happen around you–to your friends, to your enemies, to your family, even to you. But you don’t have to embrace it and feed the gossip monster. I know it’s tempting to share all the sordid details with your friends, especially when you find out first! But God’s Word says that we should handle drama very differently when we belong to Him.
Proverbs 17:9 says, “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.” We all know that drama can destroy friendships, especially when it gets into the he-said, she-said phase. As followers of Christ, though, love should be the primary thing we’re seeking in our relationships with others, even the ones we don’t especially like.
This year, be one who seeks to control drama damage rather than contribute to it. Drama is perpetuated by gossip. When you refuse to gossip (i.e., talk about other people’s drama), then you are not allowing the drama to build. Don’t be someone who contributes to friendship destruction. Be someone who seeks to cover offenses with love. It’s not easy, but it sure does please God. Be into His business this year, not everybody else’s.