Martin Luther once said, “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” This quote is especially important when it comes to idle conversations. You know the kind of informal drivel we engage in that can quickly get out of hand if we allow. It can go from a innocent gabfest to a all out “B” session rapidly. Idle speech can also digress to throwing someone else under the bus with unsubstantiated gossip. And too easily we can get caught up in one-up Manship… trying to outdo what others are saying to gain a feeling of superiority and prove we’re better than them. But the worst is betraying a trust and blurting out things that someone else has entrusted us with. Think before you speak, for keeping a confidence strengthens a relationship, but divulging those private details by gossiping destroys it.