I just wanted to check in and tell you AGAIN how awesome you are. I hope you will all read each other's comments on yesterday's post about what we can say instead of "I promise" when "I promise" may not be words you can be true to. You are SO getting this.
I especially want to point out AMELIA'S, not because it's "the best" (they were all good) but because I think it sums up what this week has taught us.
WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO DO OUR BEST.
That doesn't mean we have to BE the best. And it doesn't mean our best has to be perfect. It means we'll try to give the important things our all.
And when we do that, we really don't have to make promises at all. We just do it.
Jesus said: "You have heard it said, 'You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made.' But I say to you, do not swear at all . . . Let your word be 'yes' or 'no'."
He wasn't talking about cussing (at least not in this passage -- in other places he tells us not to have a potty mouth). He was talking about not having to make these big elaborate promises, swearing on a Bible or on somebody's grave or whatever. He was talking about not saying "I promise we will be best friends for as long as we live" when you don't really know if that's possible.
He's not just telling us what NOT to do. He's telling us what TO do.
* Just say "Yes, I'm your friend and I'm going to try my best to always be."
* "Yes, I'll be there on time," and then be there on time.
* "No, I won't hurt you on purpose. If I did it accidentally I would feel horrible because I love you."
Jesus doesn't say, "Never make a promise." He says to be very careful what you promise and if you say you'll do something do it and if you say you won't do something don't do it.
Those promises you've made that your mom is going to tell me you kept tomorrow? They're your promises to do you best to do you best. If you didn't keep the promise perfectly, you probably did a better job than if you'd never tried at all. You still belong in the Hall of Fame
I hope this week has been super helpful in the promise department. You can look at your journal sheet from Monday and see how you're doing and let us know. If you didn't download it, you still can .
Tomorrow I'll list our WorthWHILE Words and on Sunday I'll post the Covenant Keepers Hall of Fame which we can keep adding to in the next 50 days.
In the meantime, do your best to do your best -- and that means in the fun department too. Jesus laughed and partied and went to weddings and dinners and played with little kids. Do some of that. Will you try?
"Do your best . . .
then trust God to bring victory." (Proverbs 21:31, The Message)
Dear God, please help us to listen to what your Son taught us. Please help us to do our best to do our best and to remember that we can't do that without you. We say a big loud "Yes!" to you. And we mean it.