Some of my neighbors seem to know everything about everyone. Sometimes they like to share bits of information with me. I am often confused at whether the information they share with me should be placed in the “gossip column” or the “being better informed column.”
It doesn’t really matter to me what Mr. Smith had for dinner last night. (Unless of course there were capers on it…then I might want to know 😉 ) Capers Rock!
I tend to want to live by the rule of…just work on cleaning up your side of the street and keep your nose out of other peoples lives. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are constructive ways to help others if you plan on investing in a relationship with them BUT if you just want to nitpick their ways of doing things than just butt out! It’s none of your business. If they are way off track and we don’t have a vested interest in the problem or the solution then it is our job to pray…not judge.
Awhile back I was given some information about an individual in my neighborhood. Apparently, he is the local neighborhood drug dealer. The rumor is that when he has items (like furniture) out in his yard for sale that this is an indication that it is time to stop by…and buy. If you know what I mean. Is that gossip? Or does that fall in the category of being “better informed”?
I would tend to put this in the category of “being on guard.” It’s not just my job to clean my side of the street but to protect my side of the street too. As a parent, I have a strong desire to protect my family. I really don’t know if this rumor is true, but it does tend to put me on guard.
The “drug dealer” has been nothing but polite to me. I have never met him personally but when I am out for a run and he happens to be in his yard or in his car driving by me, his hand always goes up and waves. And, I always wave back. Yesterday on the way to church, I saw him out taking a walk. You know what he was doing? He was picking up trash on his side of the street. He had one of those trash picker-uppers and was cleaning his side of the street.
I’m not sure why I found this funny but I did. The rumored neighborhood drug dealer was keeping his neighborhood clean. How odd.
I really am not sure what the lesson is to this post. I just know that when I saw this man cleaning up his neighborhood, I felt compelled to pray for him…just in case he really is a drug dealer.