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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
One of the most heartbreaking moments of my life happened when I was a summer camp counselor. I had the pleasure of leading and caring for a group of great young people. Their wide eyes and open hearts made showing up for work every day a pure joy. There was this one young man who was always jovial, always inquisitive and always had a ready smile. That is why one Monday when he just was not himself, I had to ask him what was wrong. He began to tell me about his weekend. This young man was a huge baseball fan. He had an uncle that promised to take him to a game that weekend. He had been looking forward to it for months, and his uncle never showed up. He spent all day Saturday waiting and all day Sunday crying because a promise was made to him and not fulfilled.
While I am sure that his uncle didn’t mean any harm and it was an honest mistake, the heartbreak on this little boys face was, well heartbreaking. In his eyes I could see that he felt like his uncle didn’t love him, In his eyes I could see that he was wondering if his uncle even cared at all. Worst of all, I could see in his eyes the question of if he should ever trust a promise that his uncle made to him again. As the day went on, the young man returned to normal, his smile brightened and he was back to his old self, yet I always wondered if he ever got to that baseball game.
Friends, when we make a promise people are depending on us. They are depending on us to do what we said we would, come through for them, and deliver on our promises. When we make a promise we have to be careful that we can do what we say we are going to do, in the time that we said we would, and in the manner that we said we would. When people are depending on us, excuses, compromises, and obfuscations will never mean as much as just doing what you said you would.