Have you ever blown on a dandelion? I used to love to. It was so cool how the little fuzzy pieces would float away. It seemed like they would float forever. Then one day my mom told me to stop doing it because those cool fuzzy things were seeds and everywhere they landed another dandelion would pop up. I didn’t see a problem with that since it would mean many more days spent picking and blowing on them but she explained that they are weeds and that we don’t want weeds in our lawn and garden because they’re bad for the good plants. Blowing on dandelions is not much different from spreading rumors. We may convince ourselves that it’s fun…or maybe for someone’s protection…or maybe because we feel like it’s our duty to set the record straight…or maybe we think we just can’t help ourselves. But the thing is…once we blow on the dandelion, we have no control over where the pieces go. And everywhere a piece lands, more dandelions pop up. Before it’s over, we have done more harm than good. So maybe, when we find a dandelion, it would be better to spray round-up on it instead of blowing it. Because you never know whose garden or yard is going to be hurt by it next. And regardless if the rumor is true…regardless of how reliable your source is…you are the one that has to answer to God and if what flies from your lips does anything but give Him glory, then it should probably be kept to yourself.
I said, “I will guard my ways,
Lest I sin with my tongue;
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.”
Psalm 39:1 NKJV