James – Jan 28

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“Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” James 5:12   We should hold our own selves accountable. If we commit to something, we should do it. If we can’t commit to something, then we should give ourselves permission to use the word “no.”  It’s the hardest thing to do sometimes: manage ourselves well. We can point out the flaws and failings in others all day long -- how THAT PERSON never follows through and how THAT PERSON can’t be counted on. But how quickly we allow ourselves to become THAT PERSON when we don’t hold ourselves accountable. If we are striving to be people who mean what we say -- and say what we mean -- then we really don’t need to rely on oaths. We don’t need to add lots of words to our commitments. Our “Yes” will be yes, and our “No” will be no. Really. And people can rely on it. As long as we’ve proven ourselves to be trustworthy. Disciplined living, at its core, understands that we must first discipline ourselves. Rev. Brad Greene