Go-o-o-d morning, Mini-Women! Listen, yesterday's challenge to come up with Worthless Words that warn us a secret is about to be told (or not told) when it shouldn't be -- that was a hard one. We were going for 10 and so far we have 2:
AMELIA: "If you tell I'll stop being your friend." ALYSSA agrees that anytime a threat is involved, it can't be good.
RYLIE: "She told me not to tell but I'm only telling you so it's okay."
Some of you, like LILLIAN, are still thinking about it. You can add to the list any time this week so get your antennae up!
So . . . today is Wednesday, the day when you receive a challenge from me that will hopefully motivate you (nudge you, give you power, get you going) to be careful with secrets.
STEP 1 -- BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY NIGHT (September 27) choose the one kind of secret that sometimes gets you into a mess -- NOT YOURS TO TELL or SHOULDN'T BE A SECRET. STEP 2 -- Think of a recent time when you told or listened to a secret that shouldn't have been told OR not told a secret that needed to be shared with a grown-up who could help. (If that's confusing, see Monday's post)
STEP 3 -- Make amends. In your quiet time, ask God to forgive you and show you what to do. Can you apologize to the person who was hurt? Go to an adult and share that secret now? Explain to your secret-telling friend that you aren't going to listen to NOT YOURS TO TELL secrets any more? DO it! Even if you can't make up for it in some way, accept that God forgives you and ask for strength not to fall into that trap in the future.
STEP 4 -- If you share your experience in a comment or in an email to me, you will receive an "I Can Be Trusted" certificate AND you'll be added to the Wall of Fame under "Secret Savvy". I mean, seriously, how cool, is that? By the way, the Wall of Fame is going to be a big deal at our BLog Party on November 2. Just sayin' . . .
"Don't lose a minute. Make the first move. Make things right with him (or her)." (Matthew 5:25, The Message)
Dear God, will you please help us to stop hiding from our not-to-so-good secret-keeping and -telling mistakes, pretending it's all okay and not seeing what to do? Please show us how to make things right. Help us not to lose a minute. Strengthen us to make that first move. And thank you for never keeping your love a secret from us.
Have a great Wednesday, Mini-Women. Oh, and just for fun: can you figure out why I used that picture of Maeryn today? (hint: it's in the prayer)