Once again I’ve been disappointed by someone’s words. It happens to us all the time. Someone says she’ll call. Another promises to visit or take you somewhere, to do something for you. When someone’s words continually fail, you begin to question everything they say. You no longer trust their words.
I have a sign outside my shop that says:
NO MATTER WHAT
So when people disappoint me, I go to the One who is completely trustworthy. God exalts His Word even above His name. His word is pure. He cannot lie.
The Bible says whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap. It’s a spiritual principle. The world calls it Karma. My words are seeds and I want them to produce good things. So the first thing I have to do is examine myself. How have I sowed this in my life? Where have I said that I would do something, but didn’t follow through? Who have I disappointed? Can I go back and fix it?
Today I purpose to watch the words I speak, to say what I mean, and mean what I say. The Bible says let your yes be yes, your no be no. It says we will give an account of every idle word, so I repent for mine.
In business honoring my word means delivering on time, returning calls, explaining when things go wrong, and trying to do better. I hope to under-promise and over-deliver.
I am reminded of a story about Dave Longaberger in the early days of his Longaberger Basket business. Kim, his reed supplier was planning to retire, so John decided to buy the business from him. They verbally agreed to the sale and the Kim and his wife went on vacation. While they were away Kim’s building burned to the ground. When he called Dave to tell him he no longer had a building to sell because it burned down, Dave replied, “It was my building. We already agreed to the sale.” The owner replied that they hadn’t signed an agreement. Dave said that he had given his word and it would stand. In light of that I ask myself, “What is your word worth?”
Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.