One of my favorite shows is “Undercover Boss.” I think it is so cool to watch people talk smack about the boss—to the boss! Cracks me up every time! But what’s even better is when someone is “found” going up and above the call of duty, and is rewarded for it.
This show makes me think of my friend Jeannie. Jeannie always has something good to say about everyone. I know without a doubt that Jeannie is talking good about me behind my back. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about all people I know.
If they are talking smack about others they are probably talking smack about you.
Jeannie is the epitome of being the opposite of this. In fact, at one time Jeannie was working in a call center. The employees knew their calls were being monitored. But what they didn’t know was that the room they all worked in was also being monitored, and the bosses could hear what they were all saying.
Many would talk badly about the bosses, but not Jeannie, she refused to do so. The bosses where always extra nice to her but she never knew why; until one day she found out that their “talk” was being monitored.
The bosses could hear everything they were saying. They could hear every snide comment, every complaint, and every grievance. While other employees where treated with “suspicion,” Jeannie was offered a promotion.
You never know who’s listening, but we always know that God is listening.
I am fortunate to have Jeannie in my life to remind me to keep my speech gracious and kind. I hope you have a Jeannie in your life too. I hope you are a “Jeannie.” I want to be one.
Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.”