A manager called an employee into his office. The employee walked in and sat down with a guilty look on his face. Before the manager could say a word, the employee opened his mouth, “I know why you brought me in here—you think I’m a gossip! I guess I’m a poor gossip.”

The boss answered, “No, you’re a good gossip, and you embellish everything you gossip about.”

Let me tell you something about the workplace—if you ever say anything bad about somebody, he or she will hear about it. If you tell someone, “Don’t tell so-and-so this,” that person is definitely going to hear about it. There are a lot more people who can’t wait to take negative comments to a person than there are people who won’t spread the news.

A wise employee won’t take part in gossip. Instead, he’ll always try to say something good about his co-workers and managers. You say, “There’s just nothing good to say about them.” That’s not true. We’re all a work in progress, equally loved by Christ. He loved us even when there was nothing lovable about our character. We should show the same love to others.

You may have had a hard time at work this week. Maybe your boss gave you a bad review, while one of your co-workers, whom everyone knows to be a busybody, received praise. Now you don’t think too highly of either. Rather than starting your own gossip chain, pray for these people. Then start spreading positive things about them. Start seeing the good in others, and it won’t be long before you’ll hand gossip a pink slip.

The three essential rules when speaking of others are: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder