Ever follow through with it? I’m serious! Do you ever follow through with that statement? Or is it just something that sounds nice, but you never get around to making that phone call? Hmm, that’s what I thought.
So, if that’s the case, why don’t you say something more truthful: “Hey, why don’t I call you and we’ll have lunch—except I’m sure you’ve already figured out that I won’t do it.” Well, isn’t that what you really mean? I know—truth hurts.
I was a 23-year-old newlywed when I moved to Philadelphia. Because the only person I knew was my husband, I was anxious to make friends. And the women I met would invariably say, “I’ll call you and we’ll get together for lunch.”
I would smile, my heart full of joy because I believed that a budding friendship was forming. I’d happily go home and wait for the woman to call and set up a lunch date. And I would wait. And wait.
Then one day, after being told for the thousandth time that I’d receive a phone call so we could set up a lunch date, I remembered what my mother taught me, “Honey, say what you mean and mean what you say.”
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Tell me, friend, which do you find yourself saying:
“Why don’t we get together for lunch? Are you free on Thursday?”
“I’ll call you and we’ll have lunch—but you and I both know I won’t follow through.”
Know that whichever statement you select says a lot about the person you are. Is that a wince or a smile?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY