A promise worth expecting.

January 19, 2012

I don't do well with broken promises.

Like if someone promises to call me....then doesn't.

Or when he promises to take the trash out...then doesn't.

Or when they promise to consider something and get back with me...and then they don't.

Some are so minor, and some not so minor, but regardless of the promise broken, I take it personally. Because surely if they truly cared, they wouldn't have broken the promise, right? If so, then why did they promise me in the first place? Why didn't they just not say anything? That would be much easier to handle.

According to Merriam Webster, a promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; it is a reason to expect something. It involves expectations which are so, so tricky. We bring expectations into every corner of our lives: relationships, friendships, jobs, conversations. I expect my husband to treat me a certain way. I expect my friends to support me in a certain way. I expect my job to fulfill me in a certain way. I expect conversations to go a certain way (before I've even had them). And what happens when they don't?

Expectations can bring great joy, but unfortunately, they usually bring great disappointment if we set them too high. For that, I am guilty and because of this, I tend to just not expect anything. If someone promises me they will do something, I tend to just expect them not to so that I will be fine either way. I will be gracious if they actually do it and I will not be disappointed when they don't.

What a way to be.

In this life of trial and error, I've learned that there is only one set of promises that is certain: the multitude and magnitude of promises that come from God and God alone.God has promised me a fulfilled life with His protection, grace and love.

"Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made...failed; all came to pass."  {Joshua 21:45}

Not one promise He has made to me will fail to come to fruition. Not one.

When I am failed by mortal promises that come and go as they please, His word is a promise worth expecting.
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