Look who's talking TOO

"Look Who's Talking, Too" was the sequel following closely the same plot as the first movie.  This time, the children, a toddler and a baby, were the stars of the show as they talked to each other without the parents' awareness, while the audience enjoyed the entertainment and humor.  Now with a toddler and a baby engaged in conversation, the plot changes.

Think about it... in the original movie, the audience simply heard the thoughts of baby.  In this sequel, the conversation involves both children's thought an perspective.

Can you believe he said that?
Did you hear how she talked to him?
Would you have ever thought they would do that?

We girls do love to talk, don't we?  Let's face our own faults together, conversation can convert quickly to gossip.

If I only tell one person, is it still gossip? 
If what I tell is true, is it still gossip?
If the one who told me didn’t state, “don’t tell anyone and I tell it, is it still gossip?
If I only tell so that the person can pray, is it still gossip?
If the person I tell promises confidentiality, is it still gossip?

So, I’ve answered all the questions… and the answer is a resounding yes!  Do you agree?

I have started a conversation with, "can you believe?' and "did you know?" or "have you heard"?
I have shared more than necessary information in the form of prayer request at Bible study.
I have offered unnecessary information to justify my own words or actions with others.

Often it seems, gossip is intended to lift me up while pushing someone else down.  Surely it will make me feel better about myself, about my circumstance, about my choice or decision.  

Gossip has no place in our conversation.

1 Corinthians 13 is well known as the love chapter in the Bible.  Many wedding ceremonies include the entire chapter as words to live by in marriage.

As I read through this chapter again, while pondering the gossip thought, I realized that verse 7 of that chapter could and should guide not only my thoughts, but also my words.  Those absolute words like never and always tend to leave me feeling inadequate and under qualified for most any task.   Maybe, though, I could memorize and allow this one verse to influence and direct me.  Can you imagine?  

 It [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. '
1 Corinthians 13:7

Let's challenge ourselves this week... in our marriage, in our families, in our work... replace the word love with your name...

Susan always protects, she always trusts, she always hopes and Susan always perseveres.
Gossip quickly become a non-issue and is replaced with protection, trust, hope, perseverance in word and deed.  Are you in?

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