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 set the example for others when we see that they’re gossiping about their friends or they are the topic of the hot story?
• Be a strong role model. Set an example and break the habit of gossiping about others. Think about others before you talk about them.
• Discourage gossip at the lunch table at school or in your group of friends. Keep your conversations positive when talking about others. This will shut down gossip quickly.
• If you are on social media site or blog, think before you post! Stay positive.
• If you are the source of the gossip, know that it will end. Don’t to feed into the gossip drama. If there isn’t a reaction from you, 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. Set your social media sites to private. This gives you control on who can see or post on your walls.
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.