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June 11, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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A short devotional on Proverbs 11:13. Want to talk? Email us at umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 11:13. Want to talk? Email us at umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lots of good stuff in Proverbs 11 today. Too much to list, but as is often the case, worth a read if you have the time today.

Out of all the good stuff, verse 13 popped out at me. Not because it's better than all the other advice in the chapter, but because it is advice that we don't always think about, so it gives us insight into dealing with the world in a wiser way.

It says,

A gossip betrays a confidence,
    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

At first that doesn't seem like an amazing insight. Of course a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keep a secret. If someone is gossiping about you, they are betraying your confidence. 

But that's not the big insight. The insight is, if someone is willing to tell you secrets they shouldn't be telling you, you can be sure they will tell other people secrets about you.

A gossip betrays a confidence --both ways. There are no one-way gossips. Someone can promise that they are your best friend, so won't tell your secrets, even though they tell you other people's secrets. But the nature of things are "a gossip betrays a confidence". It's just a matter of time.

I love proverbs like this because it's just good, down to earth, practical advice. Whether you claim Christianity or not, that is good stuff. And this is the stuff that makes us wise, and gives us insights others don't have. Insights into human nature, psychology, and detective work all rolled into a simple proverb:

A gossip betrays a confidence,
    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow