In Old Testament times, ‘slingers’ were people who defeated others by slinging stones and blocking their wells by throwing mud and rocks into them – wells of water that were essential to their survival. Today, we might describe mudslingers as people who make malicious attacks against others. Chances are that you’ve come across some ‘mudslingers’ yourself, and even suffered at their hands. What should you do? One of the best strategies is to avoid them or try to limit your contact with them, because they’re damaging, hurtful, and definitely not to be trusted. And if you’ve realised that you’re the one who’s become a slinger, here’s a portion of Scripture that you need to read and keep in mind: ‘If you stop making trouble for others…then your light will shine in the darkness, [you will begin to get attention from and have influence with the right people]…The Lord will always lead you [you will begin to make the right moves]. He will satisfy your needs in dry lands [He will give you success in the most unlikely places, and in spite of adverse circumstances] and give strength to your bones [cause you to live a long and healthy life]’ (Isaiah 58:9-11 NCV). So, guard your thoughts because they become your words. Guard your words because they become your actions. Guard your actions because they become your character. And guard your character because it can affect the level of God’s blessing in your life. So today, remember this message: don’t be a mudslinger.