Denver Henderson – Proverbs 26:20

On January 29, 2013 by Chris Avell

300 People who influence, inspire, challenge, encourage, & move me.
I decided to write about 300 people, other than Jesus, who impact my life.

– Chris Avell


This is Denver...  Yep.

This is Denver… Yep.

The second person I’m writing about might surprise you (though remember these are not in any order).  Why?  Because he is an atheist.  And not the “I don’t really think about religion much and I don’t care” kind, the “let me tell you why the Bible is garbage” kind…  I call them InYourFaithEists!  Not offended yet?  Don’t worry, I am sure he would say the same about the Qur’an, Sruti, Book of Mormon, and your religious text too.

You know what else?  I believe that being an atheist isn’t the only thing that would stir-you-up about Denver.  I could share a whole bunch of juicy gossip about him and I don’t even know him half as well as his closest friends…  Which brings me to my point about Denver.

Proverbs 26:22
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

My wife and I used to have regular “game nights” where we would invite our friends (and only our friends, really) to play games and chat a little bit – Denver would attend now-and-then.  We were actively involved in the local community theater at the time and the conversation would inevitably steer there and quickly turn into gossip.

As with any origination it seems, there were circles/cliques and insiders and outsiders.  There were also plenty of inflated and fragile egos (this is theater we’re talking about) to go around.  I have to admit that I, an atheist myself at the time, was more than happy to throw twigs into the fire.  I felt good about it at the time…  After all, most of those around me were throwing big logs in!  Ah yes, there was me – the oh-so-righteous atheist.

But I noticed something about Denver.  Whenever the conversation would turn to gossip (about people we knew), he would simply leave the room.

This impacted me; I noticed.

Proverbs 21:23
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

While Denver has had his moments *as we all have* – at least in the moments there at game night – he “stayed out of trouble”.  And it impacted me.  It made me want to change, it showed me that sitting back and throwing “only twigs” onto the gossip fire wasn’t good enough…  I could and should have nothing to do with it.  This was a lesson I learned though Denver’s example before I was a Christian, but only really took hold of it once I started following Christ.

Colossians 3:7-8
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Thank you Denver.

One Response to “Denver Henderson – Proverbs 26:20”

  • yes, I remember that too about Denver – his lack of a gossipy nature is a refreshing change of pace from a lot of people 😉

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