Gossip–its a basic human sin. We talk about someone behind their backs, criticize and demean. If only we spent some of the time we spent putting people down praising them. Today think of someone you’ve put down in your own head or in the presence of others. Then write that person and tell them how you see their lives working toward the good of God’s kingdom. Don’t tell the person that you’ve put them down, but honestly appreciate their goodness.
Praise Someone You Put Down
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.