This is a broad statement, it can come in big and small arenas of life. I think our word is important, if we want to be taken seriously, then we must be serious when it comes to important things. If you tell someone you are going to do something then you need to. I have been so guilty as a mom to say, sure I’ll be there in a minute, let me finish this first and then I’ll do it. However, if they forget, then I move on and don’t think twice about it. I am also realizing that they don’t really forget, they do momentarily, but it usually comes back up.
I’m not taking about accidentally forgetting, I’m talking about glad they forgot because I didn’t really want to take time to do a minor task for them while I have a much larger “more important ” to do list. Now, that they are more vocal and hardly ever forget?, they have been calling me out. At first, it was frustrating, now it’s like they hold me accountable as a mom. And they should, after all that is the title I am privileged to have. I don’t want to raise them to always put things off and that is essentially what I was teaching them by always being too busy. I’m on a course correction here, and I can see results from both sides. It’s nice.
This goes way farther than this though, if we commit to something, we should see it through and give it our all. I used to always look for ways out of things, if someone was driving me crazy that I was working with, or if I got bored with the whole idea then I would try to find a way out, once that mind-set sunk in, it was on. I would usually make that my new mission and get out of whatever task was at hand. I realize now how undependable that made me, I can’t say those feelings still don’t creep in at times and there are some things that we must remove ourselves from, but for the most part we can finish it through and we should.
I have been striving to hold myself to God’s accountability of me, I take His thoughts into consideration. If I’m thinking of doing something that I know I shouldn’t but no one will see, I am catching myself thinking twice before my action. It has come in many forms, maybe leaving trash behind that no one will know was mine, patrolling a Facebook page that I need no info off of (just being nosy rosy), it’s the things that are literally only between you and God. Those places that need our intentionality, we have to strive in all areas to begin to walk in obedience and fullness of life.
I’m sometimes tempted to be selfish in front of people I’m really close to and act in a way that I wouldn’t act in front of strangers. It’s weird, however God sees all of my behaviors, in public or behind closed doors. I want to give the people I’m close to, my real intentionality, after all they do life by my side everyday. They deserve nothing less than my best, not strangers that I think I should impress.
We have to be intentional in this area, if you say your going to do it, DO IT. It could be a promise to your kids, your spouse, God, your best friend, whoever.
If you say you are going to pray for someone struggling, get down on your knees and do it, don’t just say it to be nice and put no action behind it. Be real!
Be intentional on being the real you. It will change your life!