Have you ever been outside watering your lawn and a neighbor comes rushing a across the street to share the latest neighborhood gossip? Or worse, you are in church and a group of folks call you over to share the latest church gossip. We have all been there. How do you react when someone wants to share the latest 411 on somebody. Here are some tips I hope help in the fight against gossip.
* Confront the person sharing the gossip. This can be difficult, but is necessary to stop hurtful gossip.
*Shut it down. Do not even let the person get the words out of their mouth. Once again, not easy but necessary.
*Totally surprise the gossiper and say something positive about the person they are sharing dirt on. You may have to pick them off the floor.
*Remind them that somebody is probably gossiping about them. Check out the look on their face with that one.
*Share true facts about the situation if you have been given permission to do so. Sadly, a gossiper really doesn’t want to hear the truth. Where’s the fun in that? I am kidding of course.
*Turn gossip into a time of prayer. Instead of getting caught up in the gossip, take time to pray for the person or situation.
This is just a small list. Take a moment and come up with additional ways to shut down gossip. ~OC
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