Daily Delight

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Empty promises lead to broken hearts. I'm sure we all know how it feels to be on the receiving end of this, but how often are we the ones not following through with what we've said? I am terribly guilty of performing lip service, but my actions haven’t lined up with my words. I don't set out to hurt people or be a flake, but too often busyness, distractions, pride and self-centered thinking lead me to neglecting the commitments I have made.

I'm quick to say “I'm here when you need me”, then send that call to voicemail because I don’t want to be bothered by a time-consuming conversation. Or I'll graciously offer to lend a helping hand until it's a task I despise (moving anyone?), and because I'd rather not be inconvenienced I suddenly become unavailable. Perhaps, and this may be the saddest of all, I've said I'd pray for someone, but I've allowed other things to garner my attention, and fail to go to God on their behalf. Ouch.

This is a humbling realization, but it's necessary for me, for us, to be women of our word. God doesn't expect, nor does He want us to be Him. I'm not suggesting that we beat ourselves up for every promise we've failed to keep or commitment we've had to cancel. There is grace and forgiveness where we have gone wrong, but we ought to examine our hearts and aim to be dependable and sincere; saying what we mean, not just what looks and sounds good.

And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.-Matthew‬ ‭5:33-37‬ ‭MSG‬‬

About the Author

Patricia A. Taylor≫ ≫Patricia is a California native making the most of her new roots in Georgia, even in the absence of In-N-Out Burger and her beloved SF Giants. She is the proud wife of an amazing, godly man, and mama to two precious girls. She works part-time as a breastfeeding peer counselor, and firmly believes that motherhood, like life, is a journey best shared with others. Her heart’s desire is to cultivate down-to-earth and faith-filled connections where real experiences are shared, and sincere encouragement is given. Above all, she wants her faith and obedience to glorify God.

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