On being thankful and making oaths

It’s another beautiful Thursday in my corner of the world, and I am thankful that the Olympics are being held in this great country of Canada! I’m not even a big sports fan but it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement.

Canadian athletes are very humble. When we (I will claim my Canadian citizenship now!) win a gold medal, we’re quick to congratulate the other medalists instead of spending lots of time on self-congratulation like our neighbours to the south do (and here I renounce my American citizenship). I’m thankful that the curse of Canada being unable to win a gold medal on home soil has been broken: at last count, a man and a woman have both won gold medals. Go Canada go!

When I’m in church and the pastor asks us to turn to a particular passage in the bible, I always seem to pass other stories or passages that I like more, or passages that I’m prompted to read. This results in me only giving the pastor half of my attention while reading other passage (not a practice I’d recommend!).

Last Sunday, this practice of mine led me to Chapter 5 of the book of Matthew, specifically the section on making oaths. Verses 33-37 say:

33″Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

I am one of those people who makes promises and means well, but I don’t always keep my promises. If I really can’t do something, I won’t say I’ll do it but when you add a procrastinating nature to the mix, the result is there are times when I don’t end up doing what I say I’ll do, when I say I’ll do it. And when I’ve broken the same promise more than once, it’s tempting to “swear” that I’ll do it this time, no matter what, and I really started thinking of why I have to “swear” that. Why can’t I just be a woman of my word and let my ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and my ‘No’ be ‘No’? It’s what God asks of us.

When I was younger, lots of kids would say things like “I swear to God” or “I swear on my grandmother’s grave”. That wasn’t really part of my vocabulary, but it’s the same idea as saying “I swear I’ll do it this time!” which I do say. Instead of wasting time “swearing” this or that, I’ll just do it, or say no more often, or give more realistic timelines.

Finally, I’m so excited for one of my blog buddies who got engaged! I’m so excited for you, girl and I’m waiting for gist!

Have a great weekend everyone, and if you’re a Nigerian blogger and your blog isn’t listed here (and you want it to be), please leave a comment on that entry. Thank you!

15 thoughts on “On being thankful and making oaths

  1. Lovely blog and a big congratulations to Canada.

    Hehhehehe, I am guilty of swearing, although unconsciously, Keep up the good work.

  2. Personally, I think Canada needs to show a wee bit more patriotism and stop being so boring. I find nothing wrong with showing the rest of the world how PROUD you are of whichever country you're from…but that's just me.

  3. Woohoo!*felt like saying that!

    Hmmm all this citizenship claims when it suits you!!! smh!

    Thank God Canada broke the jinx!!! have a great weekend babes

  4. I could greatly improve on keeping my word too…Congrats on the olympics in Canada! I'm also guilty of dividing my attention between the sermon/other passages. Word! Have a good weekend.

  5. haha! I'm disappointed that Canada isn't doing better tho! But I'm tangled in the Olympics web …like totally. It's so cool.

    ~x~

  6. Again, love reading your posts. And I can relate to them often. The reading other bible verses thing…guilty. And the procrastination thing –> guilty, also making me feel guilty if the deadline approaches causing me to churn out a product subpar to what I had originally planned in my head.

    Anyway, thanks again for a lovely post.

    Go Canada!

  7. I hate swearing even as a kid I was made to understand that it was not a right thing to do even though I did not know the reason then but now I know and I do keep my word. Pls always follow the sermon.lol But nice sermon you've got here though.

    You're a citizen to how many countries?

  8. Yay..for you …It must be pretty exciting to hosting such an important sport events…I remember when the world cup was hosted in germany 2006…even though I am not german I found myself being caught up iin the excitement fever as well.

  9. â–ºMyne Whitman

    Thanks! Oh, were going you going to go to Vancouver?

    â–ºMamuje

    Thanks for the compliment and the congrats.

    We'll work on the swearing thing together!

    â–ºnaija mom abroad

    hehe…it is very convenient, I must say. You know, I can't recall renouncing my Nigerian status!

    â–ºNana

    There's a difference between being proud of your performance/country and being conceited or cocky though! :)

    â–ºNoLimit

    Thanks sweets…the last 2 weekends were good; I cannot complain!

    â–ºFavoured Girl

    I feel you on making excuses for not delivering. It's not a good habit so we'll have to work on it.

    â–ºRose

    hehe, you and I have the same things to work on, it seems! Have a great week dear!

    â–ºbob-ij

    It's amazing how mesmering the Olympics were. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the very last hockey game, but I'm glad it's over. I have things to do!

    â–ºMs.O

    You were my cheering buddy! Thank God Canada came through and won gold in men's hockey!

    â–ºRayo

    Hmmph, go away jo!

    â–ºruthie

    hehe…that's why we're family!

    And boy did Canada ever go!

    â–ºNBB

    Thanks for the advice; it's sound.

    And I'm a citizen of three countries I think :)

    â–ºAnoda Phase

    Thank you for reading, and for being impacted.

    â–ºJOICEE

    You know exactly how I feel for sure. I'm not even a sports fan and I have been quite literally glued to the tv for two weeks! I'm glad they are over now so I can get my life back.

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