As you can see from the title, following through on what I say I will do is on my mind today. Specifically because I said on Monday I would be back yesterday to post about a comment a reader had left over the weekend. I wasn’t.
In my defense, things have not been so great around here of late. A lot has been happening and in rapid succession, and not in a good way. Still, that is no excuse.
Off and on yesterday, I kept thinking, I really need to get on the computer and post about the comment from the weekend. I never did. But, I had said that I would.
I sat thinking about it this morning, and then I remembered something I told a friend of mine last week that I would do. I didn’t.
I don’t mean to do that. I have the best of intentions when I say I will do something. Of course, we know what they say about “good intentions.”
God really convicted me about this this morning in my quiet time with Him. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is sort of typical for me. Not about big stuff. I don’t commit to things that really depend on me and then not do it, but does that really matter?
What I realized this morning is that it does not. What God showed me was that when I say I am going to do something, no matter how small or trivial, and then I don’t follow through, in essence, this is telling a lie. Ouch!
Not only that, it does not display Christ-like character. People are watching. They are reading. They are paying attention whether I know it or not.
I espouse my Christian beliefs on my blog all the time. But what about when I say I will be back the next day to post about something, and an unbeliever stumbles across my blog that day? What if they come back the next day looking for that promised post and it isn’t there? How does that look?
Some may say I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill, but I don’t think so. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of something, we need to pay attention, and I have definitely been convicted today.
Sure, things happen, and there may be times when you can’t follow through on something you say you will do, but as a general rule, this should be the exception, not the norm.
So today, I would like to apologize. I pray that God will help me to guard my words more carefully in this area because they really do matter. I don’t want to be known as someone who can not be trusted to do what they say they will do. It’s a bad reflection on me, and more importantly, it’s a bad reflection on the One to Whom I say I belong.
P.S. It is my intention to post about the reader comment, but I’m not going to say if or when it will happen.