This weekend’s Gospel included one of my life mission passages. The thing about a mission is that it doesn’t have to be very complicated to be effective. I have a few things that I try to live by, and this one is part of the foundation.
“But, I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth for it is his footstool… Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.'” (Matthew 5:34-35,37)
This is something we teach our children, but somehow can get lost along the way. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to say no. Our hearts may want to say, “yes,” but we know that we can’t. Still, we say, “yes” and wait for it to just disappear.
There is a level of truthfulness that is assumed her, and the value is immeasurable. If people know that they can trust you, you won’t have to swear on anything anyway. If people know that you will encourage or gently challenge them, they will come to you for guidance.
I’m not perfect at this by any means, but I am definitely the better for trying. Wouldn’t the world be an amazing place if all of us were trying to live this way?