I went on a run the other day and just wasn’t feeling my music. My normal tried-and-true tunes were just not cutting it for me. I was getting quite discouraged when I flipped over to my Downcast to stream a podcast.

I didn’t care WHAT podcast. I just wanted something to keep my attention for the next few miles.

What I got what an intense message by Joel Osteen on not “fueling the fire.”

And yeah, it TOTALLY kept my attention.

The message was on… gossip.

We live in a society filled with rumors, gossip, innuendo and chatter. (Not exactly a newsflash, I know.) All you need to do is spend a moment in the checkout lane at the supermarket to see just how much our society feeds off of the latest and greatest hot-off-of-the-press news.

There is a lot of negative chatter from people on Facebook, at work, in school, on the television and across the Internet. People even make a pretty good living off of digging up dirt and spreading it around.

That being said, we ALL have opportunities to make people look bad. It is incredibly easy to give in to negativity and jump on the fault finding bandwagon. I’d venture to guess that most of us have done it at some point in our lives.

There’s a scripture in Proverbs that says, “Have you heard a word against your neighbor? Then let it die within you.” Basically that means we’re expected to BURY IT.

Not exactly the easiest thing to do.

In the podcast, Osteen talked about every individual carrying with them a bucket of gasoline and bucket of water. When one is privy to rumors, gossip or juicy information, one can either pour a bucket of gasoline on it and add  fuel to the fire OR one can follow what the Bible teaches and pour water on it thereby putting it out.

Too many people, in my opinion, are using their gasoline. They try to justify it, of course, but it is what it is.

Hearing that message made me take a good hard look at my own life to see where I could improve. I’m personally vowing to only use my bucket of water from here on out.

How about you?


“Whoever desires to love life  and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” – 1 Peter 10:3