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Are we men and women of our word?

ďI believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a manís word should be as good as his bond; that character ó not wealth or power or position ó is of supreme worth.Ē ó John Rockefeller, Jr.

I absolutely canít stand when someone doesnít keep his/her word. I mean if you promise me you will do something, you better do it, or I will be pretty upset with you. Call me old school, but I wholeheartedly believe that we all should be men and women of our word.

Now I know things come up where no matter how hard a person tries, he/she canít keep the promise. We should be understanding when this happens and extend grace to that person. Most likely that person is probably feeling terrible that he/she couldnít keep the promise.

However, itís when a person makes me a promise and knows that he/she isnít going to keep it, that really makes me hot under the collar. Call it old school or living in the past, but we should act like adults, not like kids. The real test of manhood is if we can keep our promises or not. If we want to be considered adults, we must keep our promises to one another.

There is nothing worse than a person who canít keep promises. Letís call a spade a spade for a minute. If we make promises that we have no intention of keeping, we are not adults. We are kids in adult bodies just being free with our word.

That right there is the problem. We are way too free with the words that come out of our mouth. We know how to say the right things at the right times without a care in the world as to what we promise people. We will promise anything to anyone just to get them off our back. We will promise the moon if we know that is the key to get people to leave us alone.

We live in the age where we canít say what we mean. We have to walk a fine line and not hurt anybody. However, when we make a promise we know we canít keep, isnít that hurting people anyway? Itís great to not want to hurt anybody, but if we make a promise we canít keep, what is the difference? It would be in our best interest to say absolutely nothing at all than to make a promise and not follow through.

I always try to keep my promises no matter what. I agree with John Rockefeller, Jr. To me my word is my bond. If I look you in the eye, there should be no doubt I will do everything I can to make good on my promises.

I always hate going to the dentist. The sound of that drill drives me nuts. I avoid the dentist at all cost. Even when my teeth hurt, I try everything I can to try and get rid of the pain without going to the dentist office. When I absolutely canít stand it anymore, I break down and call to tell them that I have a toothache. They prescribe me medication, and then I make an appointment for them to see me, but I always feel better and back out of my appointment.

This happened more than once. One day I had a toothache that I could not get rid of on my own, so I called the dentist. They told me the only way they would give my some medication was if I promise them I would come and have them pull it. I did, and they gave me the medication. After a few days of taking the medication, I was feeling better and thought about canceling. However, I remembered the promise I made and knew I shouldnít take the easy way out, so I went, and they pulled two of my back teeth. It hurt, but I felt a whole lot better.

Keeping promises speaks to our character. There is way too much lying and cheating going on. It is hard to find people who are honest with us all the time; yet, that is exactly what keeping oneís word means: being honest with others without hiding anything. Itís so hard to trust people, and many people donít really know who they can depend on to come through for them in the end. We live in the age that a manís word is not his bond, but rather another way to wiggle his way out of something.

We should keep our word to one another as much as we can. Unfortunately we live in an ever-changing world where things come up and hit us out of no where. We will have times where we canít keep our promises due to situations out of our control. That has to be understandable, but we should only back out when we absolutely have no other choice. We may have the temptation to lie and say something came up just so we can get out of the situation, but that is acting like a child, not an adult. If you say you will do something, do it. Plain and simple.

In Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus tells us to not take oaths. Now not everyone agrees on what it exactly means. I believe it means that we should be men and women who donít have to swear to others we will do something. We should conduct ourselves in such a way where people will know if we say it, we will do it. In verse 37 Jesus says, ďAll you need to say is simply yes or no, anything beyond this comes from the evil one.Ē

Question. Are we the kind of people a simple yes, no, I will or I wonít will satisfy others? Or do we need to swear by our words? Can people honestly look at us and say, ďNow that person is a person of his/her word?Ē If not, then why not? People want people to look up to and trust. Why donít we lead the way by keeping our word?

Published: October 3, 2016
New Article ID: 2016709309974