A lady approached her pastor with tears in her eyes. “I have spread tales about you, pastor. I am so sorry,” she cried. The pastor offered his full and free forgiveness, but then made a strange request of the woman. “Do you own any chickens,” he asked. The lady answered in the affirmative and then heard the pastor’s instructions.
Time to Pluck a Chicken
He told her to go home and kill one of her chickens and begin to travel around town with the dead chicken. She was to pluck a feather from the bird and and lay it on the doorstep of each home where she had told the tale about the pastor. She was to then return to the pastor. Sorrow prompted her immediate obedience.
After returning, the pastor told her, “Now go back to each door and collect the feathers!” The woman replied with amazement, “Pastor, by this time those feathers have blown all over town!” Then she fell silent as the reality of her actions settled upon her.
Time to Walk Like a Chicken
The wisest man who ever lived wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. In the fifth chapter he said, “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth;Therefore let your words be few.“~Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
The best way to prevent gossip is
to keep your mouth closed!
The two words translated “walk prudently” carry the meaning of guarding your steps. But they also hold a deeper connotation of not being a tale bearer. Interesting is the fact that Solomon warned about tale bearing in the house of God. He further gave instruction on how to make sure that we were not tale bearers. Draw near to hear rather than speak. Do not speak too quickly. In other words the best way to prevent gossip is to keep your mouth closed!
Time to Keep Your Chicken Feathered
The incentive for this lies in the truth that God is in heaven and from His perspective of omniscience He knows all that transpires here on the earth. Not only what we say, but our intent in saying it. As Solomon said, “Let your words be few.” And as I say, “It will keep your chickens alive and feathered!”
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