Throughout our growing-up years, we faithfully attended church camp at Camp Caesar in Webster Springs, West Virginia. It was the highlight of the year for all of us. (How many of you remember and agree?) There was something special about the nightly campfires in the old Counsel Circle. The roaring fire; singing old hymns together, hearing great testimonies and special singing groups are all part of those “Precious Memories.” (I think I hear an “Amen!”)
Going back to the Counsel Circle the next morning, the scene was very different. Light would be streaming through the open roof; the fire that raged a few hours earlier would be reduced to a pile of cold – sometimes smoldering – ashes. Because no wood was ever added to the fire during the night, it always went out.
That reminds me of Proverbs 26:20: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” As long as we are talebearing (gossiping) we are piling wood on the roaring fire. Our gossip causes problems, conflicts and destruction. The scene changes when we choose to hold our tongue and button our lip. The fire dies out and light streams in. Let’s remember this: no wood, no fire.
Prayer: Lord, give us wisdom and self control to keep our comments to ourselves and not engage in destructive gossip. Remind us often: no wood, no fire. Amen!