When my wife and I first got married, she had nearly black hair. As she aged, some grey began to appear so she would dye her hair from time to time. Perfectly normal for women in the US. At some point, her hair stylist convinced her to go blond, which, by the way, I was highly opposed to. That’s a story for another day ……..
Anyway, shortly after the change in hair color, Jane and I were sitting in a restaurant having lunch. A friend came over to greet us. He confessed that when he first saw us, he thought I was having lunch with another woman because he didn’t recognize my wife! Ha, ha! That’s how rumors get started!
I thought to myself afterwards, “What if he had just sat there and made no approach. He would have left the restaurant thinking something entirely different from the truth.”
What you don’t know can hurt you. Information or misinformation can cause potentially irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Be careful about jumping to conclusions. Always verify the facts before assuming something is true. Gossiping and spreading rumors is never a healthy activity. The “Golden Rule” is always appropriate – Do to others what you would want them to do to you.
Proverbs 11:9 (NIV)
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
Have a happy and blessed day! Keep a hot mug in your mouth and you won’t have time for gossip!