Ugh, I need to vent a little. Trust me though, I will be careful and my girl's security is entrusted to me, I know that. BUT we have FIVE teenage girls from the ages of 13-18, yes five. Lord, help me, and that is not a slang term, I am literally praying as I type that.
The gossip, the slander, the lies, the name calling, the borrowing and not returning, the tone of voice, the just ugh of it ALL. I guess I now know God's Divine planning in having us work as youth directors before we started all of this. At that time we also had a core group of girls that we worked with. Also, in college I worked as an intern for a youth group one summer, and my main job was to conduct and lead a Bible Study with high school girls. I didn't even want to be a youth minister or worker, I already knew I was going to be a young elementary school teacher. But God prompted me that summer in that direction. If I had only known then what I know now, whew. It wears me out!!! (those that know my voice can hear my tone)
Last week, our family verse I placed on the dry erase board as the family exits the house was Ephesians 4:29 (thanks p. y. o. for that one) It says:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may be beneficial to those who listen!!
Ooh, that's a biggie, even speaking of myself here. Do I have unwholesome talk coming out, uh, yes, the verse says do not let ANY. Gossip, slander, bad words, nothing. Now, I know we are saved by Grace and not of works, but due to the fruit of Christ in us, we should live in obedience to HIM. So, it's time I start setting a better example to these girls, because let me tell you, there is some unwholesome talk down that girl hallway!!!