A log can’t burn without fire | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 10, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm
A common statement among our youth is, “Some people just keep drama going!” The sad part about this is that it is true.
“Lady Gossip,” “Ms. Rumors,” and “Mr. Drama” have a tendency to keep traveling long distances, but they cannot get very far without continual instigation. Every time that you see them approaching, watch out because if you are not careful, the visit is not going to begin or end on a positive note!
The Word speaks strongly against such behavior. Proverbs 11:13 (ESV) says, “Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.” According to Proverbs 26:20 (ESV), “For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.” Therefore, a log can’t burn without fire.
The bottom line is if you do not feed into gossip, rumors and drama, the confusion will eventually come to an abrupt end.
Then why do “Lady Gossip,” “Ms. Rumors,” and “Mr. Drama” keep such turmoil in motion? First of all, they could be bored with their own lives. They are probably envious of a certain person and want to do everything within their power to destroy him or her. Some people just thrive on negativity. Maybe no one has ever told them that their self-worth is important, so they just go around being busybodies about things that are of no importance. Also, a big part of the problem is that there are those who won’t let the drama cease, and when it seems as if the fire is dying out, they “add fuel to the fire.”
Those who won’t let go of the drama that is brought to them are just as guilty as the three perpetrators mentioned above. Remember that a log cannot burn without fire. There is so much more to life than stirring up confusion. If you are a troublemaker, let it go, and let God into your life. You will be a much happier person. You won’t have room or time to entertain foolishness because you will be about our Father’s business.
It’s so amazing how bad news will travel so fast, but if there is something good that needs to be shared, it is usually put so far on the back burner that it will be easily missed. Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) confirms this point: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
If someone comes to you telling you what others said about you, just ask him or her this simple question: Why did they feel so comfortable telling you? That should slow down the drama tremendously! Further, tell them to go and tell somebody about the good news of Jesus. People everywhere are hurting and need a “Word” sometimes just to get them through the day. Don’t make them feel worse by coming to them with inept communication or by “pouring salt in their wounds.”
The next time that “Lady Gossip,” “Ms. Rumors” and “Mr. Drama” come to you with foolishness, you can be the bigger person, and please share this illustration, “Gossiper,” from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, with them because it has a powerful message that can help to keep the fire from the log:
“A woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor. Within a few days the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned was deeply hurt and offended.
“Later the woman responsible for spreading the rumor learned that it was completely untrue. She was very sorry and went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to repair the damage. ‘Go to the marketplace,’ he said, ‘and purchase a chicken, and have it killed. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers, and drop them one by one along the road.’ Although surprised by this advice, the woman did what she was told.
“The next day the wise man said, ‘Now go and collect all those feathers you dropped yesterday, and bring them back to me.’ The woman followed the same road, but to her dismay, the wind had blown the feathers all away. After searching for hours, she returned with only three in her hand. ‘You see,’ said the old sage, ‘it’s easy to drop them, but it’s impossible to get them back. So it is with gossip. It doesn’t take much to spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong.’”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)