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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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The Only Little Petunia

I’m a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,
an onion patch, an onion patch

                                              I’m [the only] little petunia in an onion patch
                                              and all I do is cry all day

Have you ever felt like you were a misfit? Most of us have experienced it at least a time or two.  How did you handle it?  Some seem to embrace it with determination and courage to prove they DO belong.  Some, on the other hand, stand in the corner and pout, or “cry all day”.  I realize these reactions are on opposite ends of the spectrum and most of us respond some where between the two.

In our English language, the word ONLY is often over used and exaggerated.  Let me give you a few examples:

  • I’m the ONLY one not invited.
  • I’m the ONLY one that has this kind of bad luck.
  • I’m the ONLY Christian at work or school.

What if it were really true?  What if you were the [only] little petunia in the onion patch? What if you really were the only one in your community that could speak and understand English; the only one with your color of skin; or the only one who believes in the one true God?

Thinking of times I felt like a misfit are rather petty compared to really being the [only] petunia!

I wonder how Jesus felt coming to Earth.  The world that after the sixth day of creation “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 The world that through the years became populated by prideful, selfish, hateful, sinful men, women and children. From a human perspective, he was a misfit. Jesus was the ONLY one, the Son of God, sinless.

Jesus did not let the stench of sin choke him out.  He over came in victory. Taking the sin of mankind, including yours and mine, to the cross, dying yet rising again so that we may have the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:3, 4

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16, 17

Do you believe in Him? Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

With God in your life, you will never be the [ONLY] petunia again. It is God plus You.