The words of a gossip are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 18:7-8
This has been difficult to write as I can be a guilty party in gossiping. I often participate in these harmful conversations with good intentions of understanding a friendship, out of care, or maybe even to vent. At some point my humanness gets the best of me and I’m not able to control my tongue and pride.
My conversations become prideful by allowing myself to feel more of a wife, mother, friend, or colleague. Or I can feel like the more trusted friend because I was the first to know about something intimate. Or perhaps I just want to be seen as “right” by telling my side of the story. I’m sure there are many other examples. (In our church circles you can even occasionally see this in the guise of praying for each other, having the appearance of godliness in our gossip.)
It’s all a snare. There are many verses on the dangers of...
Stumbling Through Life
I stumble my way through life. Recently at a conference, I tripped down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs stood the board of this organization, where they all turned to me. One of them said, “Beth. Beth can be our next President Elect.” This is my life. I struggled in school, but obtained my doctorate degree. My selfishness impacts my marriage, but I have a wonderful marriage. I could give countless examples. And while my struggles are frustrating, they are helpful in my battle with pride and serve as constant reminders that I am with God and His grace.
Pride is at the core of what hurts our relationships and divides the body of Christ. We’ve witnessed its many forms—obsession with notoriety and praise (titles, being right, possessions, numbers, sales, rankings, gifts, etc.). We see pride even in our care for the “least of these” or humble circumstances (serving the poor and inflicted,...