My 9-year-old crunching Doritos, like I imagine a T-Rex would crunch through a bucket of KFC, is enough to drive me completely bonkers.
Loud, open-mouthed, chewing annoys me.
You know what annoys me even more than Dorito crunching?
Gossip under the guise of sharing a prayer request.
Christian women are usually fairly good at stopping themselves from outright and blatant gossip. We understand that the Bible specifically calls gossip out as sinful.
However, some of us are guilty of gossip under the guise of sharing a prayer request. We feel as though when sharing a prayer request, we are justified in sharing someone’s personal hurts or prayers.
As I have previously shared in the blog “The Sanctity of the Prayer Request” I take prayer requests very seriously and rarely will share them with someone else, as I want to make sure I have the original requester’s permission to share.
I recently heard an interesting thought about sharing prayer requests. If the requester was standing right next to you, would you share their prayer request with a third party? If the answer is no, then you should not share. Even if the answer is maybe, then you shouldn’t share the request. This seems to be a fairly reasonable gauge to whether or not prayer requests are becoming gossip-centric.
Whether you get annoyed by chopping doritos or gossiping prayer requests, I’m praying that you are steadfast this week that your sharing does not become gossip!
“He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.” ~Proverbs 11:13