a mom, a friend, child 1 and child 2 (both under 10)
cruising along in a vehicle on the highway
the mom & the friend are discussing a dating couple's chances of survival. the friend doesn't think they'll make it, the mom does. a few different stories are shared, details discussed, etc. child 1 and child 2 are quiet in the back seat.
child 1, actually sounding like the question has nothing to do with the current conversation: "mom, why do you tell me not to gossip?"
child 2, sounding genuinely perplexed: "Yeah, what is gossip anyway?"
the mom & the friend: dead silence
more dead silence
the friend, realizing there's no way out of this: "well, you know what we've been doing for the past 5 minutes? that's gossip. pretty much a perfect example, actually."
we were so. busted.
trust the Lord to use a child to remind us of our own sin, and the example we set for the little ones around us.
they are listening. and absorbing. and learning. we need to be so careful!
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
I must say...as serious as the issue was, I laughed so hard I cried at how perfect the bust was. it couldn't have been scripted better to shut us both up.