Have Busy Hands, Not a Busy Body

I suppose I never really gave gossiping much thought before I became saved. In the world, it’s an acceptable thing to do. Everyone does it so therefore it’s ok. But, much like everything else that goes on in the secular world, once a person is born again, none of what the world does and considers to be normal is acceptable in the eyes of God. When you become in fellowship with Him, you can just feel His eyes as they go to and fro upon the earth to see who is righteous and just before Him. If you truly love Him, you live to please Him and you are transformed into a new being. The old ways just aren’t acceptable anymore, not to God and not to yourself. The Holy Spirit becomes your guide and will let you know when you aren’t pleasing God by the things your are doing or saying. You can’t hide from Him.

I am a fortuneate person because I grew up in a Chrisitian home. Both my parents lived godly lives and they projected this way of life into me. Gossip was never made popular in our home. But as I got older and went out in the world on my own, I didn’t practice all these values in my own life. I just never gave it much thought. I suppose I was made to feel regret later for things I had said, and all that did was destroy trust from others. I often wondered why some people got away with gossip and I never could? The truth is, no one gets away with it forever. God will always reveal this stuff to people so they might come to repentance and confess Christ. He will leave us exposed and looking pretty foolish. I myself got tired of looking like that fool. Because of my human weaknesses I remained in the dark about the right way to be living. I got tired of feeling ashamed for things I had done that I never meant to do. But, you can’t deny the things you get caught in doing and you can’t explain your way out of them. You just hope that you will be forgiven. I finally learned that I first needed forgiveness through Christ so that I could forgive myself for the things I had said and done to hurt others in order to expect them to forgive me.

Now that I’m a different person in Christ I dare not say things about people. Repeating things that are said to me just aren’t tantilizing anymore. I have learned that silence speaks louder than words. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that within me I hold the confidence of someone else. I never feel the guilt or worry that they would ever find out that I repeated something that was not intended to be repeated. Gossip does no more than create problems and negativity to those who come in contact with it. This is not Christ-like living. So why do people who call themselves Christian participate in it? It’s my guess that 1.) Either they aren’t really a Christian or 2.) They don’t know God’s Word very well. Both of which are a real problem.

Some people will justify their Christianity by saying they go to church. As the saying goes; you can sit in a garage forever and that still won’t make you a car! Then on the other hand, if you truly are a Christian who attends church and aren’t living a Christian life then you are in disobedience to the Lord and have no excuse for your behavior. Jesus talks about the dangers of a Christian who knowingly causes someone else to stumble and fall into sin. (Matt. 18:6) God will hold us all accountable one day. To which we can’t offer Him excuses.

The Bible says a lot about the problems that gossiping will cause. I find that people who love talking about others are generally bored. They aren’t keeping busy. This doesn’t mean keeping busy in other people’s affairs. God calls us to serve and serving involves using our hands. If we do serve with our mouths, we should be speaking words of God’s love and truth. This is not gossip, it’s edification. There’s a big difference. Gossip tears people down, God’s Word builds them up.

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica and commended them for their Christian beliefs even during persecution. He wrote mainly on the subject of Christ’s return and how they should be prepared in this event. It still holds true today. We should always strive to be ready for Christ’s return. In first Thessalonians Paul writes about the way Christians should be living.

“Furthermore, Brethren, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that you (follow the instructions which) you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life].” 1 Thes. 4:1 (Amplified)

Walking as a Christian simply means to submit to Christ and let Him lead you into all righteousness. The only way we can do this to pay attention to what teachers and pastors are telling us. It’s for our own good. It’s not meant to go in one ear and out the other, it’s to be heard and done…every day. Virtue is our goal. Gossiping is not virtuous. Paul knew this and that is why he warns us not to do it.

Here is what Paul says about not gossiping;

“To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you.” 1 Thes. 4:11

It’s not just a suggestion, it’s valuable life sustaining information for Christian living. We must make it our main ambition to live quietly, which is not talking about others. In other words, mind our own business. If no one can point a finger at us, our lives will be that much more peaceful. By keeping our hands busy in doing things that honor God, that will keep us from being busy bodies and poking our noses where they don’t belong. Then we won’t have to worry about who said what about whom. We can stop this fire of the tongue before it ever ignites.

If you find yourself talking about others, ask God to guard your mouth from saying anything that shouldn’t be said. If you hear gossip simply turn and walk away. Don’t play into the whiles of the devil. Stop and consider how you feel when people are talking about you behind your back. Take your concerns to God, only He can solve the problem. Take action in allowing Him to keep you from creating the problem. If we feel the need to talk, let’s talk about God. Only good can come of it.

Only after talking to God about people are we ready to talk to people about God?

Recovery From Childbirth – How to Gain Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

After recovery from childbirth, the next immense thing you need to consider is how to shed off the excess weight you have gained. Women with normal weight before pregnancy will gain up to 45 pounds. Right after giving birth, you lose about 14 pounds because of baby weight and excess fluids in the body.

However, the figures do not apply to all. Some women are left to deal with a more serious weight loss problem. While to others, even though they have lost considerable weight, it does not give that message especially when there are excess and lose fats that are pretty conspicuous.

How does one gain pre-pregnancy body back? If you stop eating for two and you ingest healthier foods in your body, team it up with exercise and have an active lifestyle, excess weight will be removed naturally.

Step 1: Be a busy body. When you are idle, you are giving your body more chance to accumulate fat. There are studies that say fidgety people are more likely to elude obesity than those who are not. It does not necessarily mean that you have to be fidgety though. However, it is ideal to squeeze in a lot of physical activities. Even daily chores such as cleaning your house, mowing the lawn, cooking or doing errands help a lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you have all the time in the world, you dispense with the use of cleaning machines and do it manually.

Step 2: Have a specific physical fitness routine. You might want to set aside an hour of everyday specifically for exercising. You can jog around the park or enroll in a gym class. Pilates is a nice fat-burning workout program. Yoga is also beneficial not only to your body but also to your mind and spirit.

Step 3: Eat often but lessen your food portions. Eat every after 4 hours. It is better to have 3 small meals and 2 small snacks instead of just eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner in bigger portions. When your stomach has something to digest, it keeps metabolism running. If you go for hours without food, you will crave for something to eat. Also, it slows down metabolic process and might not be able to metabolize efficiently your next meal.

Step 4: Breastfeed your baby. Producing milk requires stored fats to be used up. Do try to breastfeed your baby not just for their nutrition but also as a way for you to slim down. In this way, you can have an easy recover from childbirth.

Proper Marketing Strategy Is Crucial to Build the Brand Name for the Business

Gone are those days when there were not enough promotional products available online to promote your business. But now with improvement of technology and the power of social media marketing, we have copious numbers of options to promote the name of the business firms. The social networking websites like that of the Facebook and Orkut are of immense help to the people as they help to promote the name apart from the basic function of creating contacts and keeping in touch with friends. In contemporary times we get to see that the need for promotion of the business enterprise is very essential in order to make sure that the business is carried on properly.

The need of the hour is that a proper and strategic plan is essential in order to promote the business venture. One of the ways to do it is by creating a social media marketing policy. This will help to make sure that the name and the principal of the business enterprise will get promoted through the social networks like the Facebook, Twitter etc. But it must be remembered that each business needs to be handled differently as not all business bodies are identical. Each demands different treatment. A positive coordination and strategy is required in order to make sure that the business functions properly. So there are many options in the cyber space that can actually help in this regard. There are many aspects that can actually help you in the purpose of the social media marketing. To ensure the maximum traffic and more demand for your website you need to be smart and strategize well and make sure that the website of your company is top ranked in the search engine. And in the process of enhancing the traffic proper social media marketing is required, followed by the process of optimization which is very essential in creating the brand name and the much needed popularity of the company in the cyber space.

One of the ways to do it is by using the social networks like the Facebook and the Twitter. It is always advisable that you open a personal page for this respect as it helps to make sure that the business gets the ultimate promotion. But do keep in mind that you need to fill up all the necessary info and data in the form that can be highly useful for the purpose of social media marketing. So get smart and create a Facebook page by the name of your business and gather much needed traffic for your website.