- Jonah 1:16 (ESV) Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
Yesterday I happened to notice on my Facebook home page a guy promoting proudly that he would be making no New Year’s Resolutions this year. His reasoning: Why make promises to yourself that you know you will not keep.
Several had applauded this brilliant application of logic, and I couldn’t find any fault with the logic either—why indeed, make promises that you know you will not keep.
However, as sound as the logic was, the philosophy stunk.
I almost told him so on his Facebook page but then checked myself—for several reasons (all described in the book of Proverbs).
I did go so far as to check out his profile and noticed that he was married—I wonder how his wife feels about his attitude toward promises. After all, a marriage is made up of nothing more than a few promises made between two people who love each other and are committed to keeping those promises for a lifetime.
While the fellow’s logic was impeccable—don’t make promises you do not intend to keep; why not try this on for size: Make promises you do intend to keep.
Life is just too precious to take willy-nilly–hit or miss; I may or I may not. People are counting on us. Shoot, we are counting on us! Our hope of improving ourselves and the world we live in is no better than our promises and our commitment to keeping them.
I guess my pastor’s heart kicked-in yesterday and I grieve for a young man who takes pride in lowering the bar for his life. Step up man! Step up woman! A new year is a perfect opportunity to hit the reset button or hit a new button. Dare to make some promises this year: to yourself, to those you love, and above to God who loves you—promises that you do intend to keep.
Will you fail with some of them? Probably, but it is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. For of a certainly, the path of success is always paved with the stepping-stones of failure.