Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"Promise only what you can deliver, then deliver more than you promise....." unknown
The photo at the side is of our CMA Chapter, The Blessed Riders at a charity ride early this year. This type of thing is a small fraction of the activities that our chapter is involved in. We work rides, helping with the organizing, set up, breakdown and some go on the actual ride. None of us go on all of them, but some go on each one. This would run into some serious outlay of cash to try and go on each and every ride.
By helping with the work of the ride, that is our contribution as well as the opportunity to witness to the "biker world". Most of the rides are "secular", meaning that the attender's are not necessarily Christian or have a relationship with Jesus. By being there we can witness to them and share with them just what Jesus has done for us. We offer to "Bless" their bike as well, but it isn't really blessing their bike so much as it is an opportunity to pray with and for them where they are right at that moment.
The subject of this writing isn't about the CMA, as such, but it is about the promises that we sometimes make and cannot or do not intend, to keep.
Have you ever made a promise to someone just to shut them up or get them off of your back, knowing in your heart that you have no intention of keeping that promise? I have. If you say you haven't, well I'm sorry but I don't believe it. We've all done it. Have you ever taken one of those tracts that a man or woman handed you while you're walking down a sidewalk or into a store? Well, that is a promise you made and had no intention of keeping, as you tossed it into the first trash can you passed. You were practicing avoidance, take the tract, no additional actions required and moment passed. Right?
Wrong! We shouldn't take the tracts or whatever the person is handing out unless we intend to read it. We should simply hold our hand up and say "No, Thank You" with a smile, and walk on.
When you make a promise, whether verbal or implied, you should make every effort possible to keep that promise. The Scripture tells us, "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Matt 5:37 KJV. Your word should be something someone can bank on! Something they have no fear of finding false.
It is coming up on election time in our CMA chapter. I am currently serving as secretary. This isn't a job for someone with an "I'll do it later" attitude. Believe it or not, if you do that you'll quickly find yourself up to your nose in "paper work" and be over come. Serving as an officer is an honor and a privilege. The chapter members are depending on your integrity and depend upon you to keep your word to them and our Father. This isn't a fluff job, it is a vital part of the Ministry of CMA and as such, you'd better be able to deliver on your promise and yes, go the extra mile as needed.
Are you ready to do that in what ever position you hold in your work, home and ministry or community service work? I hope so.
Something to ponder.............