Can Others Count on You?
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad [with SNIPPETS from his son] – Recently Lacy had a babysitting job lined up. It ended up being on the tail end of some rehearsals for something she was doing. She had been burning the candle on both ends and was worn out. When it came time to go babysit, or cancel last minute, Lacy elected to honor her commitment. She came home hours later and collapsed in her bed.
A few days later the mother of the kids Lacy watched called Kris. She wanted to comment on the great job Lacy had done, even cleaning up for the mother, who’s life these days with little ones is full of chaos. We were so proud to hear this report on our daughter.
Last night we had a big reception for our senior pastor, Richard Lee, who was retiring after a 45 year career of shepherding churches. It was wonderful to hear from some of the elders how he was a man who was relentless on serving God, while having a passion for seeing people discover Jesus. There were numerous pictures on display of him over his career. One that stuck out with me was his wedding picture when he was at the ripe old age of 18. His commitment in marriage all these years later to Mrs. Lee is a great example of his willingness to follow through on promises. He’s been a great example to us on honoring commitments.
Unfortunately, these two examples appear to be exceptions to the new norm. Fewer and fewer people are wiling to live up to their commitments. I’m saddened that people time and time again are looking for some way to beat the system and wiggle out of a commitment they have made in a contract. It’s a common everyday occurrence to find out another Christian couple is throwing in the towel. I’m sure that some situation are warranted based on abuse or infidelity.
However, I think today our society’s default is if you don’t like it at that moment, forget your legal obligations or promises, and walk away. The kids are learning this from their parents who seems to have an easier time deciding on divorce then they do with their next dish they order at dinner. They also see some of their favorite sports stars walk away from the practice field and renegotiate their contract with years of commitment still remaining, because they happen to be having a better year.
[We talked today in Biblical Worldview about Absolute Truth. A big problem today is that many people no longer believe in absolutes and instead believe that truth is relative. (This of course is an oxymoron in that saying “there are no absolutes” is in fact an absolute statement) This line of thinking leads people to believe that a promise does not carry the same weight forever, that it will instead vary according to a situation. (If I promised to get you a new bike and the stock market crashed again then the promise is not worth as much as if I instead won the lottery) This is exactly why people are getting divorced: their marriage vows are not worth as much because the situation has changed. (You ever heard the “she’s not the same woman I married” line before?) Instead, we are taught that truth is absolute, and a promise is a promise. That my two cents.]
We Christians need to remember to live up to our promises and commitments. Heaven knows if we don’t, no one else will. And Heaven knows a lot of our friends and coworkers are watching, closely.
I am so thankful that when it came time for Jesus to climb up on the Cross to die for our sins, He didn’t decide to walk away and renegotiate!!….