I have a friend who ran her first half marathon last year.
She tagged me in some videos she made of her training runs, so I had the privilege of seeing her go out and go from running nothing to consistently hitting the pavement. It was awesome!
And then, the weather got cold. Yet, she was still going. Not because it was easy. Not because it was fun. But, as she said again and again…
… because I said I would.
As I may have mentioned once or twice (or a thousand times), we’re in the middle of Ironman training for Wes and the 2015 in 2015 challenge for me. And there are days when we don’t feel like working out. There are days when the last thing either of us wants to do is log more mileage. There are days when we have to talk our tired bodies into getting up and getting it done. There are days when it doesn’t seem worth it.
And in my head is my friend’s constant refrain… because I said I would.
In all the things I’m learning during this very sore, very worn out season, it’s that keeping our word has value. Not for the tasks we’re completing alone but for the simple discipline and surety of keeping our word. Let your no be no and your yes be yes. Do what you said you would do because you’re a person of your word.
And this? Applies to so much more! I’m hearing it in so many other areas. Teaching Sunday school. Because I said I would. Reading this book with Emma. Because I said I would. Helping Ana with a project. Because I said I would. Keeping the calendar clear for Wes. Because I said I would. Doing all that needs to get done today. Because I said I would. Being faithful and consistent. Because I said I would. Honoring my marriage vows. Because I said I would. Being a godly mother for my children. Because I said I would. Following and serving Christ. Because I said I would.
We have so many excuses and perfectly good reasons to go back on the promises we made, but I think being people of our word has greater value because we live in a world where people don’t follow through. What does it say about being the people of God, about whom we serve, when we keep our word and stand by what we say? I think it’s an affirming thing, a witness to those around us.
Just a challenge to me personally to remember to keep my word, to keep my promises, and to do what I vow because I said I would.