- Proverbs 14:5 (NASB) A trustworthy witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies.
Everybody trusts you; they trust you to be true to your character.
I was reminded of this the other day while listening to a podcast of a man from the Netherlands being interviewed about his first impressions of the United States. I was taken aback by his answer; he responded: America is full of apologizing liars.
He explained that people were constantly apologizing for being late or for not keeping a promise. He wondered, why people so many Americans had trouble keeping their promises.
There are, of course, rare times when we are late for a promised appointment due to circumstances beyond our control. There are times when even the best intentions can be waylaid by unexpected events. However, the truth is, we pretty much do what we want to do. When we consistently fail to be on time or follow through on promises and commitments, people learn to trust us—trust that we are not dependable.
The only way to break this cycle is to disappoint them by actually keeping our word. If this is done long enough people will be begin to change their opinion of us and actually trust us to be true to our word.
Now that’s the sort of trust worth working for.