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Today’s topic is about the power of keeping your promises. I have learned countless times by experience that it is so important to keep your promises. Because I have broken promises, I’ve learned that it hurts others and makes it harder for others to trust and believe in us when we break promises.
When you keep your promises, other people trust you and count on you that whatever task you are doing, you will do it with a good attitude, quickly, and you will do it well. But, if you break promises, others will doubt if you will do what you say you will or not.
“….Do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.” ~ Numbers 32:24
Many famous writers define love as keeping your promises and sticking to them, no matter what. So, a good way to show you care is to do what you said you would do. Promised to babysit? Agreed to wash the dishes on Thursday? Said you would write that book report before the weekend? Whatever it is, stick to your plan.
My mom is a blogger, and she has a schedule of certain posts that need to be published within the week. She does her best to comply with all the deadlines, and if something interferes, she always lets the other person know.
So, I’m not saying you have to be perfect and try to do it all. Sometimes we take on too many things to do at once, and it’s okay to let some things off the to-do list. If you promised your little sister to take her to the park, and your friend invites you over, take your sister to the park, and politely reschedule hanging out with your friends.
One commonly mentioned symbol of promise is the rainbow. (Probably because it’s mentioned in the bible!) It is a symbol of hope, faith, and promise, because God keeps His promises no matter what.
When my mom was a young girl, she read “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz (in spanish), the first agreement goes perfectly with this topic:
“#1 – Be Impeccable With Your Word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
Our words are powerful, especially when used in the right way, Always remember that there is power in keeping your promises – you will feel better about yourself, and others will trust and respect you even more.
How do you feel when you keep your promises?