The Power of Promise

My wife is a woman of promise.

I mean that in the best way possible. If she makes a promise, she keeps it. On the other hand, if you make a promise to her, you better keep it. If you say, "Yes, babe, we can go to dinner tonight. I promise." You better take her to dinner that night. That may or may not be a real case scenario. For tonight... 

Humanity loves a promise keeper. That's why we keep track of every single promise made by potential presidential candidates.

What is in a promise? What makes us love promises so much, and hate when they aren't kept? Security. Comfort. Rest. These are all by-products of promises. The RNC pushes for Donald Trump to promise not to run as an Independent candidate in 2016. Why? Security. Comfort. Rest. 

What happens when a promise is made? Security, comfort, and rest are given. What about when a promise is broken? Trust is broken, and insecurity slowly returns. The next promise given will have less power than the first. So on and so forth. The power of your promise diminishes and rarely reverses course.

The power of a promise is in the personal preparation.

Whether you're running for president of the United States of America, you're a new husband, or you're an Amazon Prime delivery man, the power of your promise is going to be determined by your personal preparation. 

When you make a promise, the power of your promise is found in how well you're prepared to keep that promise. When you don't prepare, it's likely you won't keep it. When you don't keep your promise, the power of your next promise will diminish. The greatest example of this is the promise of a Savior. In Genesis 3, God promised to save the world from sin in His first promise. Thousands of years later, he sent his only Son to come through on that promise. When God made that promise, He was prepared to give His Son. The power of that promise is seen through the preparation of God. The same is true for you and I. The power of our promises will be seen in our personal preparation.

Are you promising and preparing to be a better father? Are you promising and preparing to be a better student? Are you promising and preparing to be a better husband? Are you promising and preparing to be a better _______?

The power of a promise is in the personal preparation.