Broken Promises

Can I rant a bit today? I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever really done that on a blog before, but here goes. When did it become so easy to break promises in our society? When I was growing up, I was taught along with most of the other kids in my community, that if you give your word you keep it. In other words, if you say your going to do something, you follow through and do it! It was a commitment to fulfill whether it was harder than you thought it would be. 

Today, people are quick to back out of just about any kind of agreement, verbal or written. It seems to be the norm. If something a bit more fun comes along, just cancel the first obligation for the more exciting one. You may have more fun, but the other party had been counting on you. Now they are left in a quandary. It seems the more frequent this happens with small things, bigger commitments begin to be abandoned. Bigger commitments often involve hard work – physically, mentally, emotionally. When obstacles get in the way, instead of working through the problem it seems to be increasingly more popular to throw your hands up and say “That’s it; I quit!” Relationships begin to suffer. These relationships can be work, friendship, family and/or marriage relationships. Sometimes, the hurt and damage is irreparable – a job is lost, friendship is broken, family members no longer speak, marriage becomes 2 living separate lives and may end in divorce.

Quitting when the task is not as fun as once thought, or when it becomes hard work does not make a strong person. Too many quitters, makes a weak community. Then the trickle down effect takes place. Children model what they see, and another generation becomes an even weaker link.

What if God kept his promises at the same rate that we keep ours? What kind of God would that even be? I find comfort, knowing God keeps his promises. 

It is time to change this downward spiral! Make a commitment and stick to it through completion.

“It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” Ecclesiastes 5:5

Grit your teeth and sweat if you need to, but keep your word, and be the example to this next generation. 

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