Summary: Let’s not be rash in making promises, or make them for the wrong reason. But, when we make promises, we must fulfill our vows.

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By Pastor Jim May

It is ever good to break a promise?

We all know that people have the “right” to "change their minds" from time to time. It is understandable that circumstances can arise after a promise is made that can make following through on commitments impossible. But, a promise is a promise, and if we break our promises all the time, then there comes a time when no one can trust us or depend upon us anymore. All credibility is gone. Our word is no longer our bond, but useless chatter. We become branded as talkers, but not doers.

The problem is that we often like to “Paint ourselves into a Corner”. We don’t know how to just say No!

How many times have I seen people make all kinds of promises and never follow through, or maybe they do follow through, but you can see that they really don’t want to and they are miserable the whole time.

I would rather that someone would be honest and truthful in the first place than to make promises that they don’t intend to keep.

If you are like me, I might be a little let down when someone says No, but I respect their honesty. There is nothing more discouraging than to have someone make a promise and then not show up and fulfill that promise. Any of us can come up with an excuse. We don’t mind making promises that we know we won’t keep because we can always come up with an excuse at the last minute and let me tell you that I’ve heard some good ones. I guess people must think that no one but them has the ability to reason or to think at all. Some of the excuses are about as lame as a wounded duck.

Let me give you a few examples of some real excuses used by parents for kids in school.

Please excuse John for being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, & 33.

Mary could not come to school because she is bothered by very close veins.

John has been absent because he had two teeth taken off his face.

Please excuse Ray Friday. He has loose vowels.

What about Excuses for accidents involving drivers? Here are a few good excuses that have been submitted on Insurance Claim forms.

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.

The other car collided with mine without warning me of its intention.

I had been driving my car for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had the accident.

As I reached an intersection, a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision.

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.

The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran over him.

The telephone pole was approaching fast. I attempted to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

Christians aren’t any better at making up excuses than anyone else. In fact, we have made ours seem more “holy”.

Well, brother, I have to pray about it first and I haven’t been given direction by God.

I was listening to the preacher on the radio or TV and lost track of time.

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