The Village Pot Shop

I felt my cheeks turn red because I knew that I’d been caught in the act.

The rumour around here a while ago was that Janet, our florist, was selling marijuana ( pot, or weed) at her store.

So I went to talk to Janet about this.

I blushed when she said : ‘I see you’ve been listening to gossip, Sally’.

The Bible makes it clear that spreading gossip is a sin, but listening to gossip is equally harmful.

This sin takes two, the gossiper, and the hearer.

The rumour had seemed plausible, since sales and use of marijuana have been legal in Canada since October, 2018.

Janet explained that her store was for sale, and a marijuana producer had wanted to buy it, but the deal had fallen through, so the dealer was looking for another building.

She explained that many people had been asking her the same question I had !

It is difficult sometimes, to discipline ourselves not to listen to gossip. It’s part of our fallen nature, I suppose , to want to know what’s going on.

Last week we noticed that a beautiful historic building had been renovated across from our local Coffee Shop, so we asked Irene, the owner, what business was moving in there.

She confidently said : ‘The Village Pot Shop’.

Within only a few decades, marijuana selling and use has gone from a criminal offence to a legitimate occurrence. We are being asked to accept constantly changing standards of what is considered right or wrong.

The old fishing families of centuries ago would be shocked, I’m sure, with the changes in the village.

They might think that the rainbow benches we have on the main street look very colourful, without knowing what they represent.

However, we will not judge, for that is not our job.

We will observe, and know that all judgment will eventually come from God.

In the meantime, He asks us to avoid gossip.

Pixabay photo.

Marijuana is sold legally in Canada. Cash payment for legal marijuana.

29 thoughts on “The Village Pot Shop

  1. I agree with you Sally that sometimes it can be hard to not listen to gossip. Even if we might not actively participate in it, passively listening too I think enables it.
    Like you said it is so tempting to want to know what is happening. God has made me more aware of staying away from it in my life and In the attempt to steer from gossip I sometimes feel like I half the time don’t know what happening πŸ˜†.

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    1. Hi Manu !
      Yes, I agree with you that in my efforts to stay away from gossip, I also feel like half the time I don’t know what’s happening either πŸ˜„.

      I think though, this always requires some discernment. The Bible tells us to lead quiet lives and not to meddle in other people’s business, while we are also told to care for our neighbour, and help carry each others’ burdens.
      Perhaps as we continue to live our lives close to the Lord, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us the things we need to be concerned about.

      Always nice to hear from you. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  2. Hi, Sally.
    We cannot stop a bird from flying over our head nor from dropping a load on us, but we can stop it from making a nest in our hair. You could not stop someone from spreading a rumor (unless you were especially rude to THEM), and you did the Biblical thing – you went to the source and uncovered the truth.
    When offered gossip, I was taught to ask these questions:
    1. Will this information do you or me any good?
    2. Do I need to know what you are going to tell me?
    3. Have you talked to the person involved? (Obviously, if they tell you without asking, these three are moot.)
    4. Do I have a responsibility to address this rumor?
    5. How can I approach the person discussed without offending?
    It takes some guts, but you are obviously well-equipped to deal with difficult situations, based on Biblical principles.
    (See Matthew 18:15-18 and note the intention all along is not for punishment, but for restoration of a relationship.)
    Blessings, c.a.

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    1. Hahaha…no nests in our hair ! Great comments regarding what to do when offered gossip. I especially like points 1. and 4.
      Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
      Blessings and peace to you. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  3. Thanks Sally, for addressing this issue. Gossip, like many other sins, is part of every culture worldwide. Unfortunately, it is also part of church cultures. It is something every organized group of Christians, most often of the faux variety, must deal with. Most do not only do nothing to combat it, apparently thinking it is a benign issue, but often encourage it. Lives can be destroyed through gossip. It is truly an insidious evil and the Bible condemns it.

    I remember many years ago while a member of a particular church I was talking to a friend who was also a member about a few people there who engaged in activity they shouldn’t be that was detrimental to others. They appeared to be connected to bad spirits. I mentioned that what we needed was some kind of spiritual Sergeant at Arms to get rid of any bad spirits that were attempting to wreck the church. He immediately said, β€œA church doesn’t need bad spirits to wreck it. All it needs is a couple of good gossips.”

    Blessings to you

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  4. Our pastor uses that analogy about not letting birds nest in ones hair. I try hard to not gossip but my thirst for information sometimes get the best of me and I listen and worst yet, add to the gossip with my questions. Hard to just listen and not comment. Good reminders.

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    1. Thanks, Betty. You remind us that as humans, we all seem to have ‘a thirst for information’. I’ll remember that quote about the birds nesting…πŸ˜„πŸŒ·

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  5. Hi Sally. You may have “listened” to the gossip, but you should be commended for handling it in a Christian way. Rather than take it and run with it (by spreading it around), you went to the shop and inquired about it. You got the truth, were the better for it, and took no part in spreading the gossip. This is how Christians should handle gossip!

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  6. A brave and thoughtful post on a thorny subject Sally, gossip can be humorous but most of all it can be damaging. I remember seeing the effects of gossip used maliciously by bullies to make their victims lives more miserable. Gossip in a church is especially potent, and a great weapon of our enemy Satan. A good measure to apply is that we have one mouth, but two ears!
    God bless you sister.

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  7. Gossip used to be an issue with me. Thankfully I am doing better in that area. I think it’s more due to changes in my life — not being around many people — rather than strength. Also, it’s hard to keep up with the many changes in our world on what is acceptable. For example, when we left Palm Springs, we were one of two hetero couples on our block. When we moved in 28 years prior, that was not the case.

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    1. Hi !
      Yes, I agree, there are so many changes happening all around us. I find too that I am often not around many people now . Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  8. Sally,

    This is perhaps your best article, yet! I personally hate and abhor gossip, negative gossip. And it’s so sad when actually (we) the brethren often times, we find ourselves entertaining a rumor of soughts and thus fail to cover our brother or sisters’ reputation.

    I believe it’s prudent when we come in place where there’s gossip to shut it down immediately. I mean, if someone can’t talk or highlight grace in another person, in this case I’m referring to Christians, the best unharmful thing to do would be to shut up. Simple.

    Very well, then. I’m grateful that you’ve written this. I pray that God would help us to tame our tongue lest we harm our fellows with hearsays, etc.

    Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much.
      I share your feelings regarding gossip.
      As you say, we need to be known as people who don’t injure another’s reputation.
      I agree with you in prayer that God will help us to speak words of healing and encouragement . πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  9. Sally so well said here on the gossip issue. I try to let the gossip die with me and not pass it along. Honestly what does it accomplish? If I “gossip” about anyone, it is about JESUS! But this also makes me remember in Psalm 19 “let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in YOUR sight.” Always stops me even though we all know how very very hard it is to control our tongue! Sometimes you wish you had on ear plugs when you hear gossip and didn’t want to hear in the first place. RUN!

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    1. RUN is good advice πŸ€—. Yes, the words of Psalm 19 remind us to keep our thoughts and words pleasing to God.
      The Lord helps us as we request his assistance . πŸŒ·πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  10. Gossip is not so easily recognized by people sitting in any circle discussing things. Some might even act like they are concerned only to just spread all the juicy details everyone they know. There have been times I wanted to speak up and defend a person who was not even there to defend themselves. It’s sad, because it turns all the people who are listening against the person if the information is of a negative nature.

    I think you were very wise to not just believe what you heard, but went to the person. Even if you did not reveal the names of the parties. It showed you are not gullible and don’t believe everything you hear. Sally, I commend you for that! It shows you have a good character. πŸ’œ

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    1. Thanks so much, Renee.
      As you say, gossip is not so easily recognized by people. In Christian circles, it can even be disguised as a prayer request.
      As the Lord matures us, He makes us increasingly aware that we need to take great care in deciding what we will listen to, and what we will talk about. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  11. I found out about the legalisation of cannabis in Canada by watching dragons den (the show where entrepreneurs can ask money for their business). Just as you said in your post, standards are always changing, what’s wrong today may be ok tomorrow. We really do need Gods wisdom and guidance! God bless you Sally πŸ₯°

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    1. Hi Deano !
      Although cannabis sales are legal, the stores have not done as well as originally thought, since prices are more expensive, so people still buy from their ‘original sources ‘.
      Nice to hear from you. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  12. I’m not sure your response was wrong. Sometimes we can’t help hearing what people are saying, and to go directly to the “gossipee” and ask if it’s true opens the door for the truth to come out. I’ve been in that position – on both sides – and when I was the one asking, the person thanked me for coming to her instead of passing it along behind her back. And when I was being gossipped about, I welcomed the opportunity to set the record straight. I guess the right-ness or wrong-ness lies in what your motives are. In your case, the next time you hear that story, you can tell the gossips what REALLY happened and stop the rumor in it’s tracks. (And if they enjoy gossip that much, they’ll probably make sure you’re not around next time they want to tell tales. πŸ˜‰)

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    1. Thanks, Annie. Gossip is a tricky spiritual situation, which requires discernment and diplomacy.
      As you say, sometimes we innocently overhear what people are saying especially out here, since the local folks speak loudly.
      I know now, after being here awhile, which places and people to stay away from, where gossip originates.
      Hopefully we’ll get the reputation that we don’t spread tales, so that people will avoid gossiping to us. πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸŒΌ

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