We recently asked a neighbor if we could hire him to trim a tree that was hanging over our shed. He said that he would come on his next day off and take care of it. Not once did we need to remind him. Yesterday, tools in hand, he arrived in our yard and did the work that we had asked him to do.
Things have been a little busy around this seemingly ordinary house so we hired someone to mow the lawn and do some trimming. Same scenario. We asked. He agreed. He came. He did a wonderful job.
I know a lot of people that are men and women of their word.
It isn’t always about a business agreement.
Often it is personal.
If I ask them to pray for a family member or friend, and they agree, then I know it is good as done.
When a person is as good as his/her word it shows respect. Respect for the person to whom they are making a promise but self-respect as well.
We all mess up or have circumstances arise that cause us to miss a deadline or require a change of plans. In my mind, though, those should be the exception rather than the rule.
I have come to the conclusion that often the fault lies in committing to something for which I have neither the time, interest or energy.
This is an area that I think about on a regular basis as I want to be a person of my word. There are people that I admire because I see this trait in them. It instills trust.
How about you? What helps or hinders you from keeping your word?
Thank you for reading.