I like this old Chinese proverb: “What is told in the ear of a man is often heard one hundred miles away.” Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
Rumors can be dangerous so be cautious what you share as truth. Remember, a rumor is like a check – never endorse it until you are certain it’s genuine. Emails and the Internet are notorious for such tales; at least one or two find their way into my in-box weekly. Whether the rumor is about a mass grave discovered in Texas or a woman killed by poisoned perfume samples, we humans are notorious for believing anything in print and then passing it along. Both of those rumors are false by the way.
What the jet engine did for air travel, the Internet has done for the rumor mill. Be careful what you believe and even more importantly what you forward or retell. Once it’s shared a rumor takes on a life of its own. The current deluge of misinformation makes Jesus’ words even more relevant, “Let you yes be yes and your no be no.” Make sure that when you speak, email, text or tweet, people know it’s true. Let there be no rumors about your integrity!