Something Worse Than A Thief

Ryan McGuire
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Once upon a time, an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later he was proven innocent. After being released, he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court, the old man told the judge, “They were just comments, they didn’t harm anyone.”

The judges, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man, “write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper.” “Cut it up into little pieces and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out of your car window. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.”

The next day, the judge told the old man, “Before receiving the sentence, I want you to go out and gather up all the pieces of paper that you threw out of your car window yesterday.”

The old man said, “I can’t do that! The wind spread them all over the place and won’t know where to find them.”

Then the judge replied, “The same way, simple words and comments may destroy the honor of a person to such an extent that a person will not be able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, don’t say anything at all. Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words.”

“Gossips are worse than thieves because they steal another person’s dignity, honor, reputation and credibility which are impossible to restore. So remember this: when your feet slip, you can always recover your balance but when your tongue slips, you can never recover your words!”

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” ~ Proverbs 21:23


  1. It is amazing how much havoc our mouths can cause. The power to destroy with words, to build up with a kiss, to eat until we are gluttonous. The strength it takes just to keep a mouth closed!

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  2. Thank you Coach Muller for this very wonderful and inspiring short story. I would like ask for your permission to allow me to use this as my listening passage for my practice demonstration teaching. God bless you more… 🙂

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  3. Just got this done to me a few days ago. I’ll tell you mine. An Aunt came from Arizona to visit my Uncle her brother in Michigan. I said to my niece I’ll take you to see Aunt Mary since it’s been fifteen years or more since you seen her. Off we went as I was traveling I thought I’d text let them know were surprising Aunt Mary. To my shocking & surprise my cousin text me Aunt Mary don’t like you-you stole from her-your running with a man and on and on. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. While I lived in Arizona I hadn’t seen her but twice and it was in a 20 year span myself . And I met up have her a huge bag of Christmas gifts and took her to Olive garden. I’m the one who gave and called and traveled to see her always. So now this Aunt has tarnished my name reputation with my cousins here in Michigan. And I was hoping to reconnect with them know them since I now leave several hours instead of several thousand miles. I did not do this steal as she says and I’m known as a giver and big heart. At fifty seven years of age what a blow. I now consider her not an Aunt and dead to me. To spread such gossip for some unknown reason. Hard to believe family doesn’t have time and can’t reconnect and love. What happened to people?

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  4. Nice Story..
    In The Holy Qur’an its clearly mentioned that do not spy and backbiting one another..Therefore, forming bad opinions leads to prying and exposing the defects and secrets of others and such knowledge results in backbiting whose causes and effects are all forbidden in Islam.
    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
    “O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful” (Chapter 49 Verse 12: Surah Al-Hujurat, V 12)


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