Reading: Proverbs 10:19
Part of being around other means we must communicate well and resolve conflict effectively. We all depend on each other for companionship and affection in good times and bad. Often, we may find that other people are talking about us behind our backs or spreading rumors that are just not true. When that happens, tensions can build that are harmful.
A camp in New England trains its staff each year that there will be no “put-downs.” Every time you say something about someone else, it should help to build that person up, not tear that person down. Ask yourself these questions before you speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
During the ministry of Jesus, he walked from place to place, talking to people, and sharing the good news of God’s love. He often fished, retreated to the mountains, and sat by a campfire. Can you imagine Jesus, as he was interacting with his staff (the disciples) and those who came to see him (his campers), ever putting down another person? At times, he undoubtedly had to steer these folks in the right direction, but his speech and treatment of these people was surely godly. He used his language to build up those who came to follow him, not tear them down.
As you speak to others , look to Jesus’ example of how to talk to one another. Constructively criticize or correct one another in a way that builds up the other individual. Think before you speak asking yourself, “Is it true?”, “Is it kind?”, “Is it necessary?” And remember that we are reminded in Proverbs that the prudent are restrained in their speech. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Meditate on or discuss with another this anonymous quote, "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
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