Poor Andy. About six years ago, we took him on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios. We promised him it was safe. We assured him it was all fake. We vowed he wouldn’t get scared. We. Were. Wrong. He was very traumatized. Hindsight doesn’t do much good after you’ve made promises and offered reassurances. I learned a valuable lesson from this–in parenting and in life. I need to be careful of the promises I make. My word is my bond. Unlike the ancient bible days, these days, we don’t make promises with blood, spit or covenants. We make promises with our words. And if we want people to trust us, and we want people to look up to us and we want people to believe in us…our words need to live up to the promises our mouths speak.
“I will not break my agreement nor change what I have said.” Psalm 89:34