The Self Destructive Tendencies of ‘TMI’- 2
“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut”~ (NLT) Proverbs 10:19
The most common problem you are exposed to when you fall a victim of too much information (TMI), is the danger of being easily manipulated.
After the prophet had made the private message God gave him public, the news went far and wide. That means he was not only addressing the King when he narrated God’s command to him, there were other people there also.
Look at what follows as narrated in 1Kings 13: 11
“Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.
“And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.
“…..And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.”
This old prophet ran after the young prophet and lured him to come home with him, and dine with him. The young Prophet, who has still not learnt his lessons, opened his mouth and told the old prophet the instructions God gave him. Mind you, these instructions were not for public consumption, it was supposed to guide him and keep him from trouble. Unfortunately, with his ‘running mouth’, he removed himself from the protection of God and exposed himself to manipulation.
With the too much information he gave, the old prophet lied to him, claiming that God has changed his mind. This was how he deceived him.
“He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him”.
With that, the old prophet made the young Prophet to break the rules God gave him when he was sent on that errand. And the destruction that followed was without remedy!
Do you know what followed?
Do you know why people consciously and unconsciously give out too much information?
Keep tab with this space, we are going somewhere.
Attitudinal & Behavioural Coach (ABC)
Author: The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.