March 4, 2018

Our current sermon series is called “March Madness.” Today’s sermon focused on the word “madness” and the biblical reference to madness- extremely foolish behavior. Taking the focus of the sermon one step further, the thought of the day was “Senseless ‘chatter’ can quickly lead to harmful gossip.”

I immediately thought back to my younger days and a game we played called telephone. Each person took a turn and whispered a thought to their neighbor, and the neighbor passed it on and so on. When the last person received the message, they would tell what the message was. Are you surprised it was nothing like the beginning message?

While one word can change the message, it only takes one word to change the outcome of a person. If I am to be a good witness, I must think before I speak. Once words leave my mouth, they can never be retrieved. The Bible actually tells us to be sensible and to keep our mouth shut. We should listen more than we speak. Listening is such an important skill especially in the context of church. Our church is a wonderful mixture of all people from all walks of life. If we truly want our church to grow spiritually, we must be willing to listen to other’s thoughts and views.

One area we must concentrate on is that of rumors. Rumors are unconfirmed statements. We must be diligent to shut down those rumors. Rumors tear people apart and most times are unfounded. Matt 12:36 tells us we will be held accountable for every single word we speak. If we truly listen before we speak, we can often time stop hurtful conversation. I want my words to be just that, “my word.” Trustworthiness is a wonderful characteristic that takes many years to establish. Being trustworthy is doing the right thing when no one is watching- except in reality, God is watching.

Today's message reminded me of my dad. I am lucky to have my dad in my life. My dad is a man of few words, but his words are just that. When my dad gives you his word, he follows through. He doesn’t get sidelined with rumors or useless chatter. He follows through. People trust my dad. He is my mentor and a man of God. I would like to believe I will not fall for the rumors but will rather look for the truth and the good in people.

Today was the second birthday of The Well.

Another year around the sun.

Another year of following the Son.

Dylan Robinson - March 4, 2018

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Payree Short

Payree considers herself a bit of a random person who is full of life experiences. She is a retired teacher who helped deliver a baby on her 50th birthday. She loves God, her family, friends, music, writing, and smiling.

 
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