Want to know something that I have noticed lately more than ever? Gossip is often times 90% of people’s conversations.
It’s the normal go to topic: other people’s mess-ups. Duh!
If you are at the lunch table and you’re not chiming in on what Sally is saying about Susie, you’re weird.
Or if you’d rather talk about what God did this past weekend in your life rather than what Johnny did this past weekend, you’re crazy.
And what is up with this sub-tweeting thing? Since when did it make more sense to indirectly call someone out on a national social media network rather than just confront them about it in person if it mattered so much to you?
Believe me, I am certainly not trying to throw stones in this area, I just feel like it needs to be brought to the light and people need to really start thinking about how their words make others feel.
Why has it become normal? Really, ask yourself that question- why?
Since when was it more entertaining to bring others down and talk about their mistakes or shortcomings rather than encourage them in their strengths and remind them of their value?
Every television show is centered around DRAMA. The conversations include other people and so…the drama continues.
I think we’ve convinced ourselves that this is just the way it is.
But the deal is: That’s not the way it is supposed to be.
We were made to ENCOURAGE and build eachother up.
We were made to be in community with one another.
We were made to rejoice in the success and achievements of one another.
We were made to pray for one another.
We were made to be strong when others are weak.
We are made to speak truth into the lives of others.
We are made to be one FAMILY.
And the truth is, if we did spend our time being eachother’s cheerleaders instead of bullies, our own success would come much easier.
Just remember, that when you speak negatively about someone, it says far more about YOU than it does about them.
So, be aware of it today. You have no excuse.
Do not choose to “blend in” and just go along with the conversation. God gave you a tongue so that you could use it to glorify Him and speak life.
Where you at?
Seriously, trust me. If you do have the courage to stand up for others and refuse to ride the gossip train anymore, you will be an example to other people; an example that they need to see.
Encourage those around you, my friend!
GOSSIP? Ain’t nobody got time for that!