Keeping Commitments

The other day, my friend Joseph’s facebook status said that he was “really, really sick of people who cancel plans last minute.” I had some similar frustration over someone who was being wishy-washy when I needed them to just say yes or no about something. The root of that frustration is really the same, as I figured out when I read my devotional from Guideposts this morning. It said that we should not be a member of the “Better Invitation Club”. The author went on, “It’s a moral principle: If someone invites you to do something, you don’t ditch them because a better invitation happened to come your way.” And I would add that you don’t fail to make a commitment because you are waiting to see if a better offer comes along. The Bible says in Matthew 5 to “let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.” It was talking about making oaths, and how we should not have to swear oaths because our word should be good enough that if we say yes to something, people should be able to count on us. As Christians, we should conduct ourselves in a way that people can depend on us. I hope this lesson helps you today in making (or declining) plans and sticking to them.


  1. Hmm, I know what you mean. That kind of thing really annoys me too.

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