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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Words Can Cut Like A Knife
By JoMarie Grinkiewicz
11/01/10


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Many times in the past, I’ve heard the expression, “It was only harmless gossip.” There is no such thing as “harmless” gossip. At best, it causes hurt and confusion. At worst, it causes people—friends and neighbors—to pull apart from each other to the point of no return.

I think it requires us to ask some fundamental questions about ourselves. How much do we care about and respect those who walk into our lives? Do we gossip and make judgments about people based on what we hear? What kind of welcome do we offer new neighbors? How much responsibility do we each take for our choices, our behavior, and our actions? Do we blame others when things are not the way we would have them be? Do we expect someone else to make things better? Are we envious of people who have what we do not? What are we committed to? Are we reliable? Do we encourage each other?

Many times I’ve heard people say they are tired of the gossip and of “friends” who seem to live for the sole purpose of stirring up trouble or going against the betterment of all concerned. Some people become so fed up with the neighborhood or community gossip that they even consider moving on to a more united and friendlier community. Little do they realize that no such place exists. It doesn’t matter where you live, whatever community or apartment complex or neighborhood you choose—gossip will always be there waiting for them. If you want to eliminate this malicious human nature from your life and community, the cycle only breaks with you.

Within your community, within your lives, remember this one important rule and pass it on to your family and friends: If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone; please don’t say anything at all. Gossip spreads much faster than wild fires. It also destroys lives much faster.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
This is a powerful lecture. You did a great job making your point and a very valid point it is. I can feel the emotions in your words. Well done.
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Great devotional with lots of thought-provoking advice to chew on.