Dirty Laundry. It's not a pretty thing is it? Sometimes it can down right stink to the high heavens. Are you holding your nose yet?
Let's take this beyond the washing machine!
While I have an adversion to dirty laundry .... and frequently do laundry in my day, the dirty laundry I am talking about simply is gossip. It is ugly. It brings the worst out in ourselves, as well as whomever we are "confiding" in. It would be proper for me to say I do not gossip, but it's not true. I do. I am working on it.
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent. He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
Proverbs 11: 12-13
Oh, Lord. Teach me to be silent. Silence would be the best option in a situation where you know it is going to go down hill from the word Go. It's hard. NO .. that's an excuse. Gossip is an easy way out ~ a way to feel better about yourself , but not really. See, I know when I am getting on the gossipy side because I begin to feel miserable and sad.
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
I think women are the queens of gossip, but men do it too. I hear it. I hear the one sided conversations about so and so at work, or a situation that happened and how it wouldn't have if this or that wouldn't have been done. It's not a one gender issue. But that is beside the point when it comes to me. Just because it is done so easily ~ so "normally".. doesn't make it right.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
Now, as I go about my day ~ I will choose to love God with my entire heart, and will guard my mouth.