Empty Promises

“And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong. Matthew 5:33-37 (MSG)


Recently I stayed in a hotel that had some major cleanliness issues…MAJOR ISSUES.
Being a road warrior I am usually tolerant of travel woes…flights canceled or delayed…hotels with a lumpy bed, noisy neighbors, lamps that don’t work, limited number of outlets, poor TV reception, ice machine broken…all just part of being on the road.

HOWEVER…clean sheets are a must. A MUST!!

Last week that was not the case. Not only were two of the lamps broken along with two broken outlets…my sheets had not been changed since the last patron’s stay. Needless to say…GROSS. (And this is a 4 star hotel!)

The sheets were changed at my request; however, the rest of the stay was one crummy encounter after another.

After mentioning these issues to the shuttle bus driver, I received a call from the hotel manager. He profusely apologized and then promised a suite for the following week…an upgrade he said. Nice! Thanks.

Much to my surprise, as I opened the door this week to my assigned room there was no upgrade, but at least it was clean.

Now, I received exactly the room I had reserved, but not what I was promised.

It was the fact that the manager went back on his word that bothered me. After asking the manager about this, I was told…next week you’ll get an upgrade.
But I thought, why would I believe you if this week you went back on your word?
Now in the whole scheme of life, this is a very small issue. Very small. But a good reminder to all of us…keep your word…even the small stuff.

That way when you are confronted with the Big Stuff…you will be in the habit of following through.
Do I flake out and make excuses or do I keep my commitments? Sadly I have been known to bail…an area of life I need to improve.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Thank you, Lord, that you never bail on us and always keep your Word. May our character be one of integrity, truth, loyalty and love…based on your tenants. Amen
Blessings, Susan

Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.

She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.

To contact Susan to plan a retreat or seminar Click here.

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