Someone is going to make a mess. It is bound to happen. I do not mean a mess like spilling milk or wearing muddy shoes. I mean they are going to make a mess of their lives. They are going to do the unthinkable, commit some sin and their life will come unraveled publicly.
I wonder what your response will be when it happens.
1. Ignore the mess and the mess maker. Act like it didn’t happen. Look the other direction and not get involved.
2. Criticize the mess maker. Tell them they could have done better and how disappointed you are in them. Maybe not say anything to them at all, but rather gossip to neighbors and friends. Tell people how shocked you are and how you could have handled it better.
3. Laugh at the mess maker. Use their failure to make yourself feel better. Run them down as a way to hide your insecurities.
4. Help clean up the mess. Make a call. Offer an encouragement. Drive them. Whatever it takes.
When someone spills the milk, the right thing to do is obvious. When someone messes up their lives it somehow gets tougher.
What will your response be?