Has anyone ever made you a promise and didn’t keep it? How about a time when someone “gave you their word” and then went back on their vow? How important is it that we keep our promises and what impact does doing what we said we will do have on our good name? At one time in our country a handshake was all it took to seal a deal. Some people still believe in that principle, even if it cost them something.
Friends Tom Cook and Joe Feeney shook hands in 1992, swearing that if either one of the pals won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings…no matter who bought the ticket. Last month, Tom, of Elk Mound, Wisconsin hit the Powerball winning numbers. So one of the first things he did was call his buddy Joe. “We just won $22 million playing Powerball,” he told him. Joe didn’t doubt him because of the bond they shared as friends. Both took home nearly $6 million after taxes—a great story of friendship and a positive one in a time turmoil in our world! https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-honors-28yo-handshake-splitting-lottery-win-with-friend/
When I went to work at my first job my dad gave me one piece of advice, “Do what you tell someone you will do and you will be a success at whatever field you choose.” “Why would I be a success by simply following through,” I asked? “Because very few people actually do that,” was his reply. Over 30 years later and his words still hold true. I watch our political leaders go at each other for political gain, after they all made promises to their voters to act in their best interest, not their own. I watch as multibillionaires get richer in a time of a crisis, all the while remembering the founding of their companies, receiving tax breaks on the promise of making life easier on the workingperson. I could name any service industry and your mind would go to a recent story of a promise made and a promise not kept. But we might be hard pressed to think of a personal story of exceptional follow-through.
Christians are known as “People of the Word,” meaning we are people who get our direction from the Bible. As people who are called to be living examples of what the Bible says, we should be sure to be known as “People of our word.” To make a lasting impact on the people around you and to be a true witness for Christ, be a person that keeps your word. Trustworthiness is a quality missing in our world today, but it is one that never goes unnoticed. Today, we need some positive news, why not take it upon yourself to be the one that simply does what you say you will do. The outcome will be some of the most positive news we have heard in a long time!
A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain. Proverbs 25:14
Serving the Savior,
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