For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Chelsea fan.
You might be wondering where this African girl falls out with the idea of shouting for Chelsea, but we can blame it on my brother, he taught me.
These days, I heard a rumour.
My ears pricked open.
The warning signs flashed.
Is this true? How could I possibly invest in such knowledge without receiving an official announcement when the evidence seemed pretty convincing?
If I take this information to heart, what will be the outcome of my actions, words and thoughts in light of what is merely suspicion?
What is a rumour?
On the Chelsea FC website, a column is dedicated to apparent, but unconfirmed news articles. It has been named the ‘Rumour Mill’.
Your read or hear a humour, and in your mind, you form your own opinion of what has happened and that which is to come. In light of what you’ve heard, you either hope circumstances will head this way, or that matters will take the opposite turn. It all depends how your own interests could benefit from the situation.
Is that not so?
I think that the Chelsea technical team were correct in naming it the Rumour Mill.
Rumours grind you down. They break down all your trust and confidence and shapes you into a mis-formed eavesdropper whose ears are suddenly perched looking for any news to confirm your suspicions.
Have you given into rumours, unproven tales and fables? And what do you do with them?
Do you give in to gossip?
These are an abomination to God.
But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].
For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. ~ 1 Tim 4:7-8
Let us search and examine our hearts, lest there be a hint of ungodliness in us.
Pray the prayer of David, “Cleanse me from secret faults o Lord”. (Ps 19:12)