Rumor Mill (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 308)
Proverbs 26:22 (NLT)
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we like to be in the know. And most of the time, being “in the know” means being knowledgeable about people and their negative business. Gossip is such a big part of our society. Go to any grocery store or beauty shop and you are bound to find an array of gossip magazines that reveal nothing but the sadness and negativity that people go through.
Sadly, for some of us as believers, we gossip too. We love to cup the hand to the mouth around someone’s ear and whisper away about the negative things in other people’s lives. What most of us don’t realize though is that we’re just spreading the negativity and it puts a dirty mark on our lives and the minds of other people. Gossip long enough and it will become a part of your life. It will soon be the only thing that comes out of your mouth.
When we spread rumors, we also spread a pessimistic view of life. We allow something that is almost always not true to fill our minds and our lives so much so that it overflows into the mind and life of someone else. It is impossible to build someone up or encourage someone by gossiping about them. Gossip sinks into the soul and hurts the one being gossiped about and sinks into the heart and creates the one doing the gossiping into an untrustworthy person.
It is really easy to be negative. So many things can be going wrong in us or around us that we simply relegate ourselves to the negative and give no thought to the positive. Too many of us don’t know what it is like to live with a heart that is lifted from the mud puddle of negativity and storm waters of gossip. We will be faced with negativity but we don’t have to focus on it. God is willing to help us strength our minds and fortify our lives by staying focused on the truth of Scripture and speaking that truth into other people’s lives.
“If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”
— Amy Carmichael