This pic doesn't necessarily fit to the entire post but shows fun love and care between two sisters who would do anything for one another- especially being honest and true!
Proverbs 18:2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
I do not want to ever be a fool! This verse hit me like ton of bricks today and really called me out on something that I have always struggled with in myself and other people. We are all so quick to share our opinions and sometimes this can be a helpful, but other times it can be destructive and unfair, especially when it comes to gossip. I am in no way perfect, because I have certainly done my fair share of talking out my opinions on people and things, but I try very hard to stay conscious about what I say out loud. If I have a problem with someone or something I try to go to them first before I air out my thoughts, concerns or frustrations to the people who are uninvolved. I truly believe that sometimes people can be genuine and caring in sharing their opinions (even though it might come across differently) for possible concern for a friend or family member. It probably has even more to do with not understanding them or what happened. We just need to talk out what we are thinking before we decide to either let it go or confront the concern we have with or for the person or situation that is upon us. But when we simply want to share the newest, juiciest piece of info just because we know it, whether it is personal, something judgmental or just plain gossip- then I think their is a major problem. I know if someone was talking about me behind my back, innocently, concerned or not, it would break my heart to find out. I also know that we need to be respectful when sharing our opinions and realize that people might not always agree with what we have to stay and that is OK. Its a free country we live in and thank goodness we are allowed to have an opinion on whatever we want. I guess I just want to remember that just because we have an opinion, we don't necessarily have to share it all the time. In the case of gossip of any kind- for goodness sakes just quit it- don't do it please if you can help it!
I am not writing this for any particular reason other than I am going to make sure to do my best to keep myself out of the gossip loop. If it has nothing to do with me, then a good rule of thumb should be- it is non of my beeswax and zip it please! Again, I in no way claim to be perfect and I am sure that I will catch myself from time to time in a situation where I am spouting out what I think of things that are non of my business, but I am just going to try my best to apply understanding instead for why things happen how they do. Instead I'll try to give people a break when I am confused about why they would do something a certain way that I might not do it. I am always grateful for how Bible scriptures communicate life lessons and I am thankful for a way to apply them to my life. This one was a great reminder and I am glad for it.
**A Stellar life starts when we take a look outside of ourselves and have compassion and understanding for the people around us. We should be promoting agendas that include love and care, and should guard ourselves from self-indulgent conversations that do nothing but add to the despair of and individual or situation that is not within our control.