SUMMARY: Expensive promises
OVERVIEW: This chapter overviews the cost of a broken vow or promise to God. It provides the equivalent cost when a person is unable to fulfill the original promise.
BIG IDEA: Deliver on your promises or don’t say a thing.
KEY VERSE: Leviticus 27:30 (God to Israelites)
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Live with freedom and be bold and passionate in life. Get excited about being alive and support and encourage others to take steps of faith. It’s essential to live with purpose. I want you to live a life with eyes wide open and a willingness to trust me when others can’t. But be wise and prayerful, and don’t haphazardly make commitments. Take a deep breath and discuss with me and trusted friends. I want you to follow through on your promises, and I want others to trust you, too.
Be a person of your word. Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no. Hearts break and relationships suffer when you don’t do what you say. Be selective. Don’t commit to everyone who wants something from you. Focus on your commitment to me and those I’ve placed in your life. That’s the best place to start. From there, let others know you will pray and discuss with family or friends what you can or cannot do.
Review your current commitments. How are you doing? Do you have any outstanding debt? Perhaps time, love, money, work, etc.? Pick one or two people you care about and let them know of your commitment to them.