Spiritual Practice


Wesley Overhults & Elizabeth Mann

We make promises to one another and to ourselves all the time, but we don’t always follow through. Doing what we say we will do is harder than we sometimes think. Many people make empty promises, making commitments and later realizing they didn’t mean what they said.

To me, making a promise is important. If people can’t trust me or put their faith in me, it says a lot about who I am as a person. Our promises carry weight. They are not empty words for us to toss around casually. Making and keeping a commitment shows everyone our true character.

Now you, my friends, are children of the promise.
Galatians 4:28a (NRSV)

The Bible teaches us that God keeps promises. For generations, people have put their faith in God because God can be counted on no matter what. Let’s strive to be more like God so that we are trustworthy, honoring our commitments as God does and making sure that our promises mean something.

—Wesley Overhults


REFLECT: I don’t take promises lightly. They can be easy to make, but some are hard to keep. Yet, following through on our promises reveals our character and proves our integrity. As living reflections of God, let’s value our words. Promises are meaningless unless they are fulfilled and lived out.

—Elizabeth Mann, 21

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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