Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gossip

Funny story-

Myrtle, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's
morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business. Several
members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared
her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told George (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Myrtle's house...walked home...and left it there all night.

You gotta love George.

1 comment:

Frontier Forest said...

Not that Gossip is a huge problem for me, I almost got the victory over that one…But being like Ole’ George, man of few words and being able to walk away in silence, leaving his anger and his defense in the Lord‘s sovereign hands, well…let’s just say, I ain’t a George! But I’m worken’ on it.. Always admired Ole' Brother James, for it seems to me, he certainly has the right set of solutions. “This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God…..If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” (James 1: 19-20; 26)
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering with out hypocrisy.” (James 3:16-17)
But here is the where the true victor lies. “But He give a great grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but give grace to the humble.’ Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and HE will draw near to you.” (James 4:6-7)