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Monday, May 5, 2014

That Time When I Blogged About NOT Doing Something...And Then Went Ahead And Did It

So the other day I not only blogged but I also made a video about gossiping and why we shouldn't do it. I read from Proverbs about how listening to gossip is like eating junk. I asked "why would I possibly want to talk about other people's lives...?"

And then I went right on ahead and spent at least 30 minutes of my time "catching up" with a friend this weekend. And that "catching up" included chatting about other people and their lives and decisions they have made that I disagree with.

Faceplant.

How many times do I feel like Paul in Romans 7:

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.c For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So, that part of this weekend left me with a sick feeling. I failed miserably again. And I not only failed, but I was a hypocrite to boot. 

"Christian of the Year" material right here. 

It's not like I had blinders on, or the subject caught me by surprise. I wasn't tricked into talking about someone else, and neither was a weapon held to my head to do so. 

Instead, I practically licked my lips with glee before launching into my thoughts on so-and-so's situation and how I think everyone involved is an idiot, etc etc. 

Sadly, this is a true story.

After the smoke cleared and I had time to think back on every ridiculous, hypocritical word I said, there was something that I think I should try next time that may very well halt me in my tracks when I get the urge to gossip:

When the opportunity arises to put in my 2 cents about someone else or to listen to details of someone's life--particularly details that aren't very flattering--I can offer to pray for the parties being discussed. Right then. On the spot. With the other person(s) who is/are either listening to or dishing out gossip. 

That actually makes me uncomfortable. 

What if the other people talking aren't Christians?

What if the other people think I'm over-reacting?

What if the other people think I'm weird?

I have decided that if I am too embarrassed to pray for someone, merely because someone else may think I'm weird or over-reacting, than I am taking man's opinion in higher regard than I am God's.

And I definitely don't want to do that. 

I am hoping that this will [help] zip my lips and stop me from offering up my thoughts on someone else or asking leading questions in order to get someone else to "volunteer" information on others. 

Honestly, I have P L E N T Y in my own life to focus on--I have no business focusing on anyone else's.


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