I shouldn't be as concerned as I am when I hear the negative things people sometimes say about us. It isn't anything new. We've experienced it since we started. But at times it still catches me, and stings more than I should allow it to.
A few days ago I heard about someone's lies about us. While it's not surprising to discover that this person is still telling her fabricated and negative stories (though still sad), it was shocking to discover how far they had reached. We heard about it from someone who lives, literally, halfway across the country from her. I was floored. And saddened.
Then the Lord reminded me of His promise: "Every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn." How do I condemn them? By continuing to be faithful, to bear fruit, to do what God's called me to do.
People will keep talking. And I need to just keep on keeping on.