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Can’t Try Everyone’s Food, Not Even A Morsel!



Welcome to Day 18 of the Will Proverbs Change Your Life? Reading Series. Today’s reading is Proverbs chapter 18.

Today’s favorite verse in Proverbs chapter 18 is…

The words of a whisperer or talebearer are as dainty morsels; they go down into the innermost parts of the body. (Proverbs 18:8 AMP)

 

Growing up, whenever I would go to Sam’s Club or Costco I adhered to a stringent personal quota to visit EVERY sampling station [I received personal BONUS points for multiple samples].  As I mature, I’m learning that my free samples mentality can not always be implemented in the “real-world”. Let’s just say after receiving some food options I’ve had to do the classic:

1. Resist frown

2. Chew slowly until I can…

3. Conceal food into napkin

4. Smile and avoid every morsel of that awful creation left on my plate!

You also can’t use your Sam’s Club free sampling mentality when it comes to the dainty morsels of gossip.

Has anyone ever told you ‘I’ve got something juicy to tell you?’

Did you tell them NO THANK YOU?!

I’ll admit that I haven’t always turned away from such an enticing lead-in. But when you know better you do better!

Usually, we think juicy information will be pleasing to our auditory palate. But gossip is “juicy” like acid or poison to our souls.

 

As coals are to hot embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to inflame strife. (Proverbs 26:21 AMP)

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. – Richard Steele

Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around. – Frank Howard Clark

Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, ‘Why should I tell it?’ – Johann K. Lavater

Pause- Use Discretion

 

Ask yourself- What’s the benefit of knowing or sharing?

 

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed. – Erica Jong

Focus on living your best life NOW instead of getting high on gossip.

 

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore associate not with him who talks too freely. (Proverbs 20:19 AMP)

Kim Wayans brilliantly illustrates the duplicity of gossip in the below clips!

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. Spanish Proverb

 

 

I am reading The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness.   Mr. Scott reveals several breakthrough strategies to achieve a life of success.  One of these strategies he recommends that you read a chapter from Proverbs a day. For your reading schedule, he recommends that each day you read the chapter that matches the current day of the month. So for August 1st you would read Proverbs Chapter 1.

August marks my third month on this reading plan and it’s amazing how fun and enlightening reading Proverbs can be.

This month I will share my favorite verse for the Proverbs chapter of the day along with a video clip, picture, etc.

 

Check out other days of the Proverbs Reading Series.

 *NOTE: One strategy that I use on this reading plan is that if I miss a day, oh well. You can read whatever chapters missed the next month on the corresponding day. Just read the chapter that matches the day of the month. That way it doesn’t become a chore and you can stay present.

*Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.

 


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