by Rick Ashodian
Betty is office manager at the local church and directs the activity of five gals under her. Betty is kind, polite, and very efficient. She works long hours for she is dedicated to her job and expects those under her to follow her example. Betty dresses well, however, her hairstyle is old fashioned; at least this is what Sue and her co-workers think. The gals talk all the time about Betty’s hair and often make fun of their boss to the point of uncontrollable laughter. The gals have promised not to let their little dig at the boss get out of control and for sure to keep it their secret. Somehow Betty finds out what is being said about her and has no choice but to call in Sue who started the problem. How did Betty know? Betty questions Sue and her response is “Who told you that?”
Jim has worked for the same farm chemical company for the past fifteen years and is fed up with his job and especially the boss. Jim knows he has been passed up for a promotion and he claims to be worth much more money than he is paid. So what does Jim do about his situation? He talks poorly about his boss to his fellow workers and lets them all know what a raw deal he has been dealt. Jim has become the ringleader of a small group of unhappy workers. These guys feel it is time to get even, so productivity slows down and morale hits bottom. Jim and the guys decide they will show the boss just how upset they are. Somehow the boss finds out who is behind the slowdown and the low morale. Jim is called into the office for a chat. How did the boss know it was Jim that was behind all the problems? The question Jim asks the boss is “Who told you that?”
Pastor Leroy has been selected by the church board to become the new pastor. Pastor Leroy has had the correct schooling, years of experience at other churches, and a handful of great references that speak very highly of his ability . The church board is sure they have made the correct decision in selecting Pastor Leroy as the man of God to lead their fellowship to the next level. However, Mary Beth is not so sure of Pastor Leroy. She thinks his sermons are too long and in fact they are not all that important to her. Then there is his style, which is different than what Mary Beth is used to. She complains to her lady friends all the time about how upset she is with the new pastor and she wishes the old pastor were back. Mary Beth is friendly to Pastor Leroy but behind his back she has nothing nice to say. Somehow Pastor Leroy finds out about Mary Beth’s displeasure of him and he pays her a house call. Mary Beth wonders how in the world did Pastor Leroy find out about her complaining? All her lady friends had promised to be silent about her comments. When confronted, Mary Beth asks the pastor “Who told you that?”
As a young man, I was amazed how my father had knowledge and insight about situations I had kept secret from him. I remember asking, “Dad, how did you know about that?” His comment was “‘A bird told me so.” We both laughed at the silliness of his statement.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought: and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber, for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter…..”
Unkind words have a way of being discovered by those in authority.
Proverbs 16: 24 “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
May we be kind and tenderhearted to one another for the sake of the Lord.
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