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A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

A promise is a debt, an obligation to do something. Yet, we have all seen people who made promises that should never have been made. Likewise, you perhaps know people who rarely, if ever, make a promise. They realize promises, like good resolutions, can easily be broken. They know promises made and not kept, seriously impairs character. There is a lot of truth in what a 17th century writer said, "We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears."
We do not infer that promises should never be made. A proper promise can release unlimited power within one which contributes to ultimate achievement. It is a wonderful feeling to know your deed matches your word. Promises are solemn commitments. They should never be made unadvisedly or lightly. They should be made reverently, discreetly, and soberly. When this occurs, a promise can frequently constitute powerful support in achievement of good ends . . .