She Said What?
Girls love to talk. We talk about everything and anything. We also love to share what’s happening in the lives of others – good and bad. We’ve all been there. We’ve all been gossip girls at one time or another. In our world, we can share gossip around the globe within seconds, but what we sometimes forget within those same few seconds is this gossip can hurt and ruin a person’s life.
We’re often surprised to find out who’s gossiping about others or about us. It’s more surprising when we find out it’s one of our best friends. We all need to be reminded that we are called to uplift and encourage others when they fall, but often we do the opposite. We throw salt on the wound, turn our backs on them, talk about their mistakes and walk away. Can you relate to be treated this way? Can you relate to treating others this way?
So how do we do when we see others gossiping about their friends or they are the topic of the hot story?
• Be a strong role model. Set an example for your friends to follow and break the habit of gossiping about others. Think about others before you talk about them.
• Discourage gossip at the lunch table or anywhere. Keep your conversations positive when talking about others. This will shut down gossip quickly.
• If you blog, tweet or instagram – keep it positive.
• If you are the source of the gossip, know that it will end. Do not to feed into the gossip drama. If there isn’t a reaction, the gossip will diminish sooner than later. Block unknown text messages, phone numbers or emails from your cell phone that may cause you to react to the gossip.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29 NIV
We all love to talk, but let’s keep it positive and only what is helpful for building each other up instead of bringing others down.