Day 25 of 31
"Are you saying something or just talking?"
^ This was a hilarious quote I heard last week at my conference. I have a few people in my life who just enjoy hearing themselves talk. What we can learn from today's Bible Study is that the P31 woman spoke with WISDOM. Not just knowledge.
Knowledge is merely a collection of facts, but wisdom is the ability to apply what we know to our lives.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Proverbs 9:10
It's not that she didn't think her voice or opinions didn't matter... it's that she filled her time creating a legacy and not participating in gossip, drama or showering social media with unsolicited opinions.
A huge pet peeve of mine: Gossip.
Have I ever bene sucked down the vortex of listening or sharing gossip? Yes. But it's fewer and far between since Middle School. It's hurtful. It's discouraging. It's degrading. It's intolerable.
Check out this article to learn more about what the Bible says about gossip: What does the Bible Say About Gossip?
Don't fall into the trap. Don't listen to it and increase the fire. Just walk away. Develop a DISGUST for hearing gossip. Don't crave it. Don't let your ego get in the way. Don't put others down to build yourself up. Be obedient and use your words to #buildherup. Always.
Open your Bibles!
- James 1:5
- 1 Peter 1:3
- 2 Timothy 2:22-23
- Matthew 18:15
- Matthew 7:2
- Philippians 1:18
Can I share a vulnerable story with you? (you know I will anyways, haha)
When I was in middle school, I got caught in the trap of listening and exchanging gossip. It was seemingly insignificant and helped me make new friends... because people like dirt. In middle school AND as adults.
(It's a sad truth that so many people CONNECT solely based on hating the same people.)
I had such poor discernment that I got caught up in disliking this one victim (I had never met her) simply because of he-said / she-said. If my friends didn't like her. I didn't like her.
And I allowed the words from my mouth to put her down.
Word got back to this victim that a bunch of older classmates were verbally bullying her... and she tried to commit suicide.
Yes. Words are powerful.
This event was life changing for me.
Cops got involved.
It was heart breaking.
It was a wake-up call.
Let's not think for a SECOND that our words (or presence) in the midst of a passively slandering conversation are acceptable. You be the one to shut down the judgement. You be the one to walk out of the room. To remove yourself from the text thread.
When fire isn't poked... it eventually dies. So don't poke the fire by offering your attention to the discussion.
Teach your daughters. Teach your sons. And it start with us.
Be a P31 woman and let ONLY wisdom come from your lips.
What are some ways you can ENCOURAGE others today instead of judge them?
Comment below and tell me!