Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Ross Mur­ray Se­nior youth and schools worker The Rea­chout Trust

Why are we so afraid to talk openly and hon­estly?

Re­cently I have thought much about the im­pact of gossip.

I have been in a po­si­tion to see first­hand the dam­age and stress it can cause.

Why do we have so much to say be­hind some­one’s back, but so lit­tle to say to their face?

Why do we choose to be­lieve ev­ery­thing we are told?

In the Bible it states “a dis­hon­est man spreads strife, and a whis­perer sep­a­rates close friends” - Proverbs 16:28

We have all this com­mu­ni­ca­tion at our fin­ger tips and we don’t use it prop­erly.

We ap­pear to be fright­ened of con­ver­sa­tion, of us­ing a phone to speak to some­one.

We want to talk about peo­ple, but not to them. Why? Are we fright­ened, fright­ened of peo­ple see­ing who we re­ally are?

Or per­haps we are afraid of show­ing weak­ness or of be­ing let down?

Is that why we have be­come so good at point­ing out other peo­ples faults and ig­nor­ing our own?

Per­haps this is why sometimes we ap­pear to take de­light in telling oth­ers when some­one else has made a mis­take, rather than of­fer­ing a lis­ten­ing ear or a helping hand.

We all fall and at those times we need to be able to reach out and be sup­ported and to trust. That is how we re­cover. So why not this week put your energy in get­ting to know some­one for your­self, open your eyes and ears, and close your mouth.

Be the helping hand and see what a dif­fer­ence that makes.

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