I have always heard that the ex-smoker is the one who hates cigarette smoke the most. Being one myself I can understand now why that is. It seems like after you stop smoking your sense of smell comes back full force. I was wondering if that principle works in other areas of life as well.

Because I am starting to notice other things people do that irritate me, and I used to do them too. For instance someone comes to me and says, “I’ll be there.” They promise you they are going to be somewhere, and yet they never show up. In some cases they go to the trouble to track you down just to tell you this. It’s one thing if you invite someone to come and they tell you yes, but it’s entirely something different when you weren’t even the one to initiate the invitation. I understand sometimes people are just trying to be nice or, in fact, truly intend to come and something comes up.

In my past life I used to promise my wife Tracey we would do things. I would tell her something like, “We’ll go to the movies this weekend.” I allowed the nature of my lifestyle, which was addiction, to dictate to me what I would do rather than fulfill my promises. Therefore I would repeatedly let her down. I had the best intentions at the time I told her these things, and yet when the time came something else always took precedence. So I’m not pointing my finger at anyone for this without owning the fact I am just as guilty, but I wanted to talk about how important it is to be a man, or woman, that keeps their word.

In Psalm 15 it says, “Who will abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” So we see if we want to dwell with the Lord we need to be someone who walks with integrity and lives the truth. As you read the rest of the Psalm you’ll find the statement that really hit me hard in verse 4. It says, “He swears to his own hurt and does not change.”

Throughout the Bible we find where it tells us not to make oaths. In the 4th chapter of James it says, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” In other words, we really have no power to make promises about the future, so we shouldn’t. However, when we do tell someone we are going to do something we need to make every effort to accomplish it even if it costs us. In conclusion, if we claim God as our father, and he is a God of his word, shouldn’t we be a people of our word?

Written by Louie


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