Monday, January 12, 2015

Nosy people...

I think we've all experienced nosy people. People who have itching ears trying to find out what's happening in someone else's life. As an adjective "nosy" simple means, "(of a person or their behavior) showing too much curiosity about other people's affairs." As a verb it means, "to pry into something." Why do people want to know so much about you and pry into your life? They want to know what you're doing, where you're going, who you're talking to, who you're hanging out with and so on. It's simply because they're nosy! They feel can feel like they're the NSA of the public sector. I think the Bible clearly refers to nosy people in using the term "busybodies" found in 2 Thessalonians 3:11, 1 Timothy 5:13 and 1 Peter 4:15. It refers to those who continually meddle in the affairs of others. Being a busybody can quickly put you on dangerous ground so the warning against being one should be heeded. Have you ever thought why people are nosy? I believe there are four reasons explaining the answer. Firstly, people are just curious. They want to know what's going on because of their curiosity. Secondly, they feel like it's some kind of accomplishment for them to know all about what's happening in someone else's life. Thirdly, they're nosy because they want to gossip about what they know about others. And lastly, they feel that the more they know, that in some way they may actually be able to help that person. I realize that sometimes there are settings where people try to find out as much as they can because their intentions are good and they mean well. For example, a doctor asking a patient questions to try and find out the reason they're sick and what they can do to alleviate the sickness. But in most cases, nosy people never do things for the benefit of another. They want to know for their own benefit. Unfortunately, in the past I've been found guilty of this. But now I see how dangerous and damaging being nosy can be. I'm thankful for the Lord's forgiveness in this and if you've ever felt I've been nosy with you, please forgive me also. Don't be a nosy person or a busybody. Isn't there enough for us to focus on in our own lives?

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