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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 24, 2010 - Keep It to Yourself

By Patrick J. Donadio

Spring is here! You can smell and feel “the changes” in the air. It has been a long, cold winter for some of us. I spent 25 years ministering in Alaska, so comparatively speaking, I can say most of the winters here are mild to me.

I would like to bring to your attention a subject that most people avoid thinking about at any cost — gossip. The Bible has much to say about this subject. You have heard it before, one of the smallest members of the body can cause the most trouble — the tongue. A simple untruth put Daniel in the lions’ den, Paul in prison and then beheaded, cost John the Revelator his last years on the Island of Patmos, and Jesus went to the cross under false accusations.

When I was in high school, prior to becoming a Christian, every day I saw a young man at school carrying a Bible with his other books. Every day he read the Bible during study hall. It was February in New York and a very cold day, and this Bible-carrying student was outside on campus holding something white up to his mouth. I assumed I saw smoke coming out of his mouth, and I was certain he was smoking a cigarette. I just couldn’t wait to spread the gossip about this “good guy.” We all knew that the habit of smoking was not part of his Christian decorum.

When I continued walking and got closer to him, I realized he was blowing into his trumpet mouthpiece in order to keep his lips in shape for the high school band practice the next period. The cold air mixed with his breath made a smoke-like vapor. I could have started a rumor that could have damaged this young man’s reputation, which was spotless. This taught me a lesson to control my tongue. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, let me leave you with a little advice. Ask yourself these four questions.

Is it true?
Is it necessary to repeat?
Is it profitable to the Kingdom?
Is it going to bring glory to God?

If it doesn’t meet these criteria, then keep it to yourself.

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.

 

 

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