Gossip- tastes good then makes you sick!

Sunday 28th August 2011

Chocolate, ice-cream, fried food, lollies, soft drinks, chips… ever had a craving for junk food yet regretted it afterwards? I certainly have! There have been many times when I have desired food that deep down, I knew wasn’t good for me, but I went ahead and indulged in it anyway… only to feel sick for hours after eating it.

Gossip is like that. In fact, Proverbs 18:8 (MSG) says, “Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?”

Conversations are like food to our mind, emotions and spirit. Just as we need to be careful about the types of food we eat when thinking about our physical health, we also need to think about the types of conversations we engage in when thinking about our mental, emotional and spiritual health.

When we choose to listen to gossip about others, it may seem juicy, fun, interesting and entertaining at the time, but it quickly leaves a sick feeling in our hearts afterwards.

When a conversation of gossip begins, a Girl of Wisdom chooses to try and change the subject or walks away if the other people in the conversation won’t stop. Most importantly, if she knows the person that is being gossiped about and believes that what is being said is untrue, she has the courage to stand up for that person. 

A Girl of Wisdom understands that gossip is unhealthy food for her mind and spirit. Let’s be wise about what conversations we participate in!

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The Power of One

Monday 15 August 2011.

“The Power of One” is one of my favourite movies. It’s about a young boy growing up in South Africa during the years of Apartheid who, in the midst of his own difficult circumstances, saw the injustice surrounding his country and decided to do something to change it.

There have been countless people throughout the ages who have made a difference in and through their life. Some of them are known to us – Jesus, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela come to mind. Even more people are unknown in the books of history but have still made a difference in the world around them.

Proverbs 31:10 (MSG) says, A good woman is hard to find and worth far more than diamonds. This chapter then goes on to describe the character of this woman in the various facets of her life, from house work to helping those in need.

Making a difference is not about fame or glamour. It’s done in the everyday things of life- from the way that you show love to those around you, to your words spoken both publicly and privately. It’s knowing that your life, the life of one person, can and will make a difference through the choices you make.

A Girl of Wisdom chooses to grow godly character within her life that overflows into the world around her. Regardless of what she’s doing or who she is with, she chooses to make a difference by reflecting Christ in all she does.

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