I recently wrote a blog on the importance of being a person who does what I say I’m gonna do. You can read about that here.
Truth be told, I am better at keeping the promises I make to others, than I am about keeping the promises I make to myself.
I have promised myself to get up early and spend time in the Word or to exercise several days a week. I have committed to not spend carelessly or to stop eating out so much. I have promised myself I was going to finish a certain book I started to read or to stop complaining. Sometimes the promise is as simple as flossing every day. The list goes on and on. There are days I keep the promises and days I feel the freedom to break them.
Until recently, I believed that it was okay to break these promises because they weren’t affecting anyone but me. I think the Lord would see it differently. I bet he believes the promises I make to myself are just as important as the ones I make to others. Why? Because I erode the trust and faith I have in my own character and this can be dangerous stuff.
The more I compromise and don’t do what I’ve told myself I’m going to do, the easier it is to flake out the next time. Of course, there are times I need to give myself permission to not follow through on something, because it would do me more harm than good. For example, if I’ve injured my knee and I made a commitment to walk 4 miles a day, 5 days a week, as a matter of self-care it would be best that I not walk until my knee heals. That’s wisdom.
It’s important to love ourselves enough that we are characterized by follow-through and not flakiness. So the commitments we make to ourselves need to be reasonable and attainable. I don’t know about you, but I tend to set unrealistic goals to make up for past broken promises. Success is only possible with steady goodness.
I want to partner with you on a journey to keep the promises we make to ourselves. What’s a promise you want to keep this week? Mine is to take my senior dog Teddy on a short walk 5 days this week to keep him moving as he ages.
I’m grateful for you and I hope to see you all at the next Girls Like Me Event happening on Friday, April 29th at 7pm.
Grab your girlfriend and meet us in the Hospitality Room for some yummy strawberry shortcake followed by an engaging time together hearing from my dear friend, Dawn Edwards. We’ll also be hearing a few testimonies from several girls like you about how promise they kept to themselves to get involved in a small group context offered it’s own special reward.
- Pastor Debbie Walker