We had several storms here in Green Country this last summer. There were several nights of high winds that took down a lot of tree limbs. There are still a couple of piles in my neighborhood today. Anyway one evening Maggie and I were sitting on the front porch. I was enjoying the evening air and Maggie my faithful companion was busy running back and forth- up and down the fence barking at the cars that go by. I noticed some activity in the yard at the house on the other corner from me. It looked like there was a fire that was just getting started. I would have called for emergency help if needed but it was not long before I figured out that it was my neighbor who lived in that house that was trying to burn his pile of limbs he had. I had noticed the sound of the chain saw a couple days before that so he had been preparing for this for several days.
It was dark out which made it was easy to see the progress of the fire. It started out as a small little fire and it grew as he would put more and more limbs on the fire. It was pretty in a way – how the fire would lap up the new wood that was added and it would grow as it took each bite. It was like lapping it up. The fire got to be pretty good size -it was a pretty bon- fire.
It came to me how that fire was like gossip. It is not hard to get caught up in that situation. If you are not paying attention the conversation can start out as something little and in time it can grow with each new thing someone would say. How if you are not careful a simple conversation can turn into a bashing session. I am not going to sit here and say I have never been involved in something like that because that would be a lie. It is unfortunate that I have put my two cents worth in – not something I am proud of and since then have become more aware of what my words are when I speak them. It is something one must truly take stock of.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
The scripture is telling us we should speak words that build each other up and avoid the talk that tears someone down. We should speak positive things over each other. This world is already really good about not building people up. The media tells us what we should look like- what we should all want to have -what we should say-what we should wear. How we are not worthy if we don't do what they say we should. So for us to get on that band wagon and spend that time speaking ill about someone else is just wrong. Again, like the scripture says, we should speak positively about and to each other and build each other up. That is more effective conversation and the kind I am choosing to be part of.
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