God Knows Who I Am
People talk about other people. It's inevitable. There will always be someone talking about you in your circle of family or friends, at work, at school, or in any other social space. That in itself is not necessarily wrong but what is being said is what makes the difference. Let's be honest there is nothing good, positive, or uplifting about gossip. The Bible refers to it as talebearing. "A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter." Proverbs 11:13 NKJV Some might justify their conversation about someone else as "innocent" but remember that anytime you share the opinion you have formed about another person with someone else, you have already sown a seed of perception in that person's mind and heart. In doing so, that person has been robbed of the opportunity to meet and experience the person in question in their way without any preconceived notion that is based on what someone else has told them. Yikes.
Another dimension to this is if people share personal information that was shared with them in confidence. Apart from the breach of trust, the truth is, that you will never be able to accurately share another person's feelings or experience. It is impossible because you will always mix in your views, thoughts, and conclusions. So, ultimately this will neither be beneficial for the person that is on the receiving end of the gossip nor for the person that shared this information trusting it would not be shared further. To sum it up, don't be a gossip! 🤫
Most importantly, don't care if people are talking about you. Keep your eyes and ears focused on what God has said, is saying, and will continue to say about you. "Sounds easy in theory but not that easy in practice", you might say. But look at it this way, if you know where you are going you will try to avoid or get rid of anything that will be a hindrance on your way to fulfilling your destiny.