How reliable are your words? Can people take your word to bank? When you promise, can people take it as done or with a pinch of salt? You are as strong as your promises. A man who does it as he says it, is a man of integrity. Show me a strong man and I will show you a man whose word is a bond. Stephen Richard said ‘Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them.’ Be a promise keeper. Be a strong man.
One of the most important accounts you can draw from, especially in times of trouble is your integrity. Your integrity is derived from your past record of keeping your words or promises. Do you have any integrity? Your integrity creates a Trust Account. It can be in Surplus or Deficit. If you have integrity, you will have Trust Surplus. It is this Trust Surplus that gives you access to help, funds, and resources that others may not have access to, or for which they must pay great prices to access. So don’t joke with your promises. Not keeping your words can lead to Trust Deficit.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble, is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint. (Proverbs 25:19). People don’t rely on promise breakers or covenant breakers. If people can’t rely on you, you would be denied a lot of opportunities in life. You are the one suffering most from your habit of breaking promises. Trust deficit does more harm to you than others. So if you think you are being smart by breaking promises, you are only killing yourself bit by bit.
Knowing that promises are meant to be kept, you may want to be careful before making them. ‘Don’t make promises you can’t keep’ says Elizabeth Hoyt. Don’t force promises out of people too, you are only setting them up for Trust Deficit. One of our problems today is that we vote our leaders to power based on the number of promises they can make, without considering their abilities to keep those promises. We have too many leaders running on Trust Deficit. That is why, even when they have good intentions, they are misunderstood and resisted.
Be careful of people who make too many promises. They will break your heart. ‘Liars make the best promises.’ – Pierce Brown. Only say what you can do and leave the people to make their judgement. If you can’t keep your promise, provide reasons why you can’t. Don’t leave people to guess. Be a promise keeper! Keep your words!
God bless us all.
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