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!