And of course YOU do it because you know you can trust each other. Why wouldn't you? You pray together. You know nobody's going to put you down. You get that there's always somebody here on the blog who has the same struggles you do. That's what I'm talkin' about!
You've added some new Worthless Words to our new list of Worst WWs, all having to do with making promises we don't or can't or won't keep:
I'll stay with you always.
I'll always love you.
I won't tell.
I won't forget.
I won't be late.
I will pay you more when you pay me.
I'll pay you a dollar if you'll_______
I won't talk to you ever again.
I won't talk this whole class period.
Mine! (in volleyball when you call the ball and then just stand there)
That stuff just tumbles across our lips without us even thinking about it. And then what happens? Your job today is to think about -- and post in a comment (or two!) -- what happens after you make a promise that you don't keep, can't keep, or never meant to keep in the first place?
Here's an example. You promise to do the dishes for your sister when it's her turn so she can study for a big test. But you get all involved with a video game you're playing and you forget. Next thing you know your sister's getting yelled at for not doing her chore. Now you're sitting there at the computer trying to decide whether to go confess before your sister gets grounded, lie and say you never promised any such thing, or decide to promise your sister you'll do her dishes twice next week if she won't tell on you.
Wednesdays during our 61 Days Without WWs are "Spurring You On" days. Those of you who love, ride, eat, sleep and breathe horses will be able to relate. Sometimes a horse needs a little urging with those spurs to get moving (as Lily found out in Horse Crazy Lily). So every Wednesday I'll provide you with a spur to get you moving on getting rid of the kinds of words we're talking about that week.
Here's this week's Spur:
(1) Think of a promise you NEED to make this week -- maybe one that you know is going to be hard to keep. Not, "I promise I will be perfectly behaved at home and at school for the rest of my childhood," (like THAT's ever gonna happen . . .). More like, "I promise not to say 'Shut up' to any of my siblings from now until Saturday," or "I promise not to argue with my mom for the next twenty-four hours." or "I promise to pray every day before I start my schoolwork/homework for the rest of this week."
(2) Tell your mom, dad or another grown-up close to you (who has email) about the promise and ask them to pray for you and observe you
(3) When you've kept that promise -- by Saturday afternoon-- have that grown-up send me a brief email telling me you've kept your word.
(4) I will put you in the Covenant Keepers Post of Fame on Sunday, September 22.
ALYSSA commented this week that "What everyone wants is truth, and then you can be trusted." That's the best spur of all -- to become a person other people can trust. I can see that in you already, my Mini-Women.
"Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat -- refreshing!" (Proverbs 25:13, The Message)
Dear God, please help us to be like tall, icy glasses of lemonade to our friends and family today -- and to strangers too. Help us to do what we say, to keep our promises, so we can refresh everybody. Just like you do.