Just Walk AwayPosted: June 22, 2012
Just walk away. Have you ever heard that command? Maybe it was your parents in your early years when other kids were being mean, your spouse when there is only one slice of pie left, or a friend trying to encourage you through a difficult time. Recently, I have been noticing the phrase from that voice that only I can hear and it has come in a variety of situations.
It could be sitting down after lunch, passing time during a summer program, or just hanging out at the proverbial water cooler, I have found myself listening to that voice that says “just walk away, Nick.” As I reflect back on these times when the voice is heard, I am seeing a pattern: someone is oozing a negative mindset, complaining, or just talking to talk. Most of this is what Dave Ramsey defines as gossip. I am finding the best way to handle this is to just walk away. Paul teaches this well in his charge to Timothy (from I Timothy 6):
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.
Respect those in authority over you. Chances are this pertains to your boss or their boss. Perhaps it is local, state, or national leaders. Whoever it is, we should show them our respect, not necessarily for ourselves, but that God’s name will not be slandered.
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
Wow, this paragraph hit me between the eyes. I sometimes ask questions just to learn what is going on, but I know it is steeped in controversy and I want to know what is going on so that I might continue that or add my perspective. The fruit of this? Envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions, and constant friction. Yep, been there and I need to change that.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Am I content with what I have been given? As the bumper sticker says, “He with the most toys, still dies.” Godliness is about a relationship, one in which you are willing to live a certain way because of who you love, not what you will get. The foolishness of the tongue destroys the trust in that relationship.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
This is that voice I hear. Flee from the slander and selfish desires, the poison that is being spread. But God also gives us a direction to go. Don’t just flee the bad, but pursue the good–righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
What have you found yourself walking away from recently? Are you walking away from the bad or are you walking away from the good?