June 9 – Keeping Your Vow

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Keeping Your Vow

“The most important persuasion tool you have in your arsenal is your integrity.” –Zig Ziglar

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army was asked about his devotion and commitment to God.  “There was a day in my life,” said Booth, “when I vowed that God would have everything there was of William Booth.”

Years later, at his funeral, someone reminded Booth’s daughter of this selfless statement by her father.  She replied, “You know, the vow on its own wasn’t the real secret of my father’s life. The real secret was that he kept it.”

Vows and promises are worthless unless they are kept. The true measure of a man’s success is not so much in what he says, but what he does. Andrew Carnegie famously said, “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

If others watch what you do (and they do), is what you do lining up with what you say? Are you making promises but having a hard time keeping them? If so, remember this: Your influence, your reputation, your character, and eventually your legacy will only be as legitimate as the actions that are found behind the vows you made.

Daily Reading: Job 35-38

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