Our Bible verse for today: “I will not violate my covenant or change what my lips have said.” Psalm 89:34
Our thought for today: “My word is my bond”
The other night in our men’s group we had a discussion about the old phrase “My word is my bond.” It means that you can count on me to keep my word. If I say I’ll do something then I will do it – no excuses. In previous generations this was the measure of a person’s character and integrity. If a man looked you in the eye, shook your hand and gave you his word about something, it was as good as a legal contract. His word was his bond.
In our day this is much less common. Today situational ethics are the standard – truth and reliability changes depending on the situation and depending on what a person determines to be most beneficial to them personally at any given moment. Often a person will promise to do something, mean it at the time they said it, but then later change his or her mind. They fail to fulfill their promise or obligation and think nothing of it. Their excuse is, “Well, I meant it when I said it, but since then I changed my mind.”
Meaning it when you say it is only the first half of the truth equation. Actually doing what you said is the second half. We’re not dealing with the full and complete truth of the matter unless the promise was kept. When it’s all said and done, you weren’t really fully truthful if you promised to do something but then didn’t do it.
I have a friend who has a servant’s heart and the skills to fix almost anything. He is always off fixing a plumbing problem for an elderly person, or taking down a big tree in a friend’s yard, or building a wheelchair ramp for a handicapped person, or any number of other projects. However this man has also spent decades working in a highly demanding and very physical profession. As a result his body is wearing out and he is finding it more and more difficult to do his job, and to do the projects he likes to do for other people.
He has one more year until he can retire from his job and somehow he needs to stay healthy enough long enough to make it to his retirement date. In order to do that he has decided he has to clear his plate of all the extra projects and focus just on taking care of himself and getting through this last year on the job. He really, really, needs to do this.
However, there are still some projects he has promised to do and which he is determined to do. As badly as he is hurting and as much as he needs to stop all the volunteer labor, he refuses to renege on a promise made. He is a man of character and integrity. His word is his bond and he will do what he promised to do, even at great personal expense.
Our world needs more people like my friend. We need men and women of integrity, people who do what they say and who can be counted on to keep their promises. Doing so is a Biblical standard, and Psalm 89:34 is just one of many verses that teach it. I encourage you to be a man or woman of integrity. Let your word be your bond.