Laughing Through the Tears and TCC got into on their blogs the other day. Both were busting on each other about something Classic Mama said on her blog about Liza’s Eyeview. Well then The Riding Pony got involved and she emailed Lessons from the Laundry to see what she thought about the whole thing. And before you know it everyone got so disgusted they stopped blogging. Can you believe it!!??
Yes ladies I am talking about GOSSIP! Of course none of the nonsense above is true. I thought it would be a fun way to promote some of my blogging buddies while making a point about Gossip! I get so frustrated with the way women gossip and talk on and on about other people. One of the things I have noticed lately is just how much women love to talk about other women. I am constantly amazed at how mean, rude and disrespectful people can be when talking about someone who isn’t around. I hear it daily at my job and I even hear it in social circles at church. But I must say the christians are at least nicer gossips……….not as cruel as others are, but does that make it right?
Here is the official dictionary definition of gossip –
~idle talk or rumor, esp. about the personal or private affairs of others
And while I am being the dictionary queen here…….idle means ~of no real worth, importance, or significance. So gossip refers to idle talk, meaning it’s talk that has no real worth or importance. Can you imagine all the great things we can talk about with others if we spent less time with idle talk! It really has no real worth and it can often cause more damage then good.
The bible reminds us in Proverbs 16:28
28A perverse man ( or women) stirs up dissension,
and a gossip separates close friends. and
19A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.
Our christian integrity demands that our words should match our lives. And our words should not only be true—they should edify. How would the words from your mouth measure up to anyone who might happen to be within earshot? Do your words encourage, inspire, and edify? I find the more I am immersed in the world of constant gossip the more I am convicted to encourage and inspire others to draw near to God, and follow hard after him, not a the latest rumor that comes down the pike. Encourage one another is a far call from idle talk.
“Simple people talk about other people.
Average people talk about things.
Wise people talk about ideas.”
Ok, ok, ah sorry………..ah……yea…….I see that I am now firmly planted on top of a “soapbox” sorry, I got a bit carried away. 🙂