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Topic: Promises (02/09/04)

TITLE: Pie Crust Promises
By Lilly A
02/12/04

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In Mary Poppins, there is a line about pie crust promises – they are “Easily made, easily broken” promises. How many times have you made a pie crust promise?
Our words are so important, yet so often we flippantly promise something that we either forget or have no intention of keeping, we just want to make someone else happy.
Keeping someone else happy will not build integrity in us. Breaking promises makes us look bad, or just plain dingy, because we aren’t keeping our word. After so many excuses, people stop believing in us, and it is a long road uphill to rebuild that trust. Excuse after excuse grows old. Even forgetfulness doesn’t work as a reason for not keeping your word, especially in light of cell phones, voice mail, email, pdas, and good old fashioned paper and pencil.
The Bible says “A promise is a promise. What difference does it make if you make your promise inside or outside a house of worship? A promise is a promise. God is present, watching and holding you to account regardless” Matt 23:20-22 (MSG) Imagine that! God is holding us accountable to our promises. Are you promising things that you know you can’t deliver? What are you saying just to please people? Consider carefully the words that come out of your mouth, and walk in integrity and uprightness.
Don’t let your words become pie crust promises.


Member Comments
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L.M. Lee02/16/04
how true...how true.
Donna Anderson02/22/04
Maybe if we imagined it were Jesus we were promising things to! We'd either shut up or keep them! :)
Michelle Martini12/19/06
Lovely work, very applicable. Keep it up!