Saturday, March 08, 2008

Keeping Promises

“We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot” - Abraham Lincoln

Never promise more than you can perform. For every promise, there is price to pay. Just like eggs, oaths are easily broken. Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.

"The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition." - Carl Jung

"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it." - Napoleon Bonaparte

The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:37,
"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one."

Great friendships are focused relationships where promises are made and kept. However, most of the time, more is promised than delivered; more is said than done; more is pledged than completed; more is committed than accomplished.

Let's be slow in making promises but always keep them. Do you agree?

Related posts:


Titania Starlight said...

Hello Sam,
This is a wonderful lesson indeed. There is another saying along this line "that a man is only good as his word".

Too many people are so untrue in both their words and promises. Where did "integrity" go. I know it must still exist.

And it does. There are still quite a few out there who are honorable. They are treasures.

Hope all is well.

Take care,

lilifxt said...

hi sam nice topic...u know its one of the most important ethics i teach my son about these days ..ever since he started talking i make myself as an example ....whatever i promise him i do it and if i cant inspite he is nagging or cranky i dont promis what i wont do

and also i tell him if u promise me of something u should fulfill it like i do


Trinity said...

I agree with lili, this is important but hard to fulfill when we are dealing with small children.. :-)

sometimes we don't mean to promise something but they think it is a promise..

Jennifer said...

Hi Sam,

I've missed you! Your blog is as fabulous as ever... always inspiring and uplifting with fabulous reminders to live a life of goodness!

Blessings to you my friend,


Haze said...

Thats true!

Like I been promising myself to minimise my computer usage for the sake of my kids but it never happens.

Great post Sam.

Have a great weekend!

WaterLearner said...

Great Advice Sam. Anyone who takes his own character seriously would honour what he has committed verbally. If a person takes his own words seriously, his integrity must be of great value to him too.


Krishna. N. C. said...

My Dear Sam,
Hello! Lovely reminder and an equally good post :) Sometimes the worst of the damages in our relationships occur because of our false commitments and i truly feel that you are a man of your words only if you are successful to live every single word of that promise :))
Hope you are fine dear..Long time since you posted :)
My love, hugs and prayers for you and your loved ones.
God bless you.

surjit said...

Hi sam,
A great reminder.Thanks for sharing another wonderful post.
I like the quote:
"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it."
God bless.

Trinity said...

Hi Sam, Happy Easter my friend! I am sure you are blessed and be a blessing today... I know you are very busy, but if you have time, please drop by to read my post about Good Friday, as I am curious to hear your opinion about it.. :-)

Frieda said...

yes! our "words" should matter...if we can not honor our "words" what can we honor??

Remember the Bible verse, "In the beginning it was the word"

Jennifer said...

Hi Sam,

Just checkin up on you! :-)

I haven't been blogging much lately but keep thinking about you and hoping you are well!

Love to you my friend,


Trinity said...

Hi Sam, how are you... I think you are busy, but I am sure you have been blessings and busy serving God in every thing you are doing. Please do come to my blog today if you have time, just for leisure..thanks!

Family Man said...

As always Sam, excellent posts!

Family Man said...

Hi Sam, I haven't seen any ports from you recently. I hope all is well and we will see you back here soon.

God Bless,


surjit said...

Hi Sam,
I hope everything is fine.
God bless.

JesseTheCat said...

Sam...havent seen you for such a long time..hope all is going well that side??

jules said...


I'm Jules and I work at, a company interested in blog
advertizing. I found your blog engaging and I'm contacting you to ask if
you are interested in blog post sponsorship.

If you are interested, kindly mail back for confirmation( include your blog's URL.
Looking forward to doing business with you.


Jules Viernes

ssgreylord said...

I love your idea of quotes and your own wisdom in interpreting them. Thanks for sharing and providing interesting revelations. Take care...

Trinity said...

Hi again Sam, I am here to check how you are doing... miss your posts!

I hope you are healthy and fine, as well as your family... God bless you Sam..

Phil said...


Hope you are doing alright. Checking in on you buddy.

fatherlyours said...

Yes , so true. I think I have written a topic about commitment and committed. That we should always keep our word especially to our children. To serve as a role model for them to emulate.Great post.

divamentors said...

I definitely agree! Our society is increasingly made up of people who do not follow through on their obligations. If only they realized how important trust was!

Wonderful blog!

Many Blessings,

ravi said...

we are a startup based on silicon valley. providing next generation blogging service.
we have seen your blog its very interesting we request to write review about our service in your blog it will be useful to all your readers .
We will be happy to provide more info about our service.
Thanks and regards

About us: is a free website for blog service. We provide free website and various other services to our users.We enable blogger and content creators to create their own free website.

Our service is distinct by providing our users a web
domain( of their choice instead of sub
domain( We have a wide variety of services like virtual computer, desktop sharing and web conferencing which we provide with support from alliance partners. We do not charge for registration, and renewal of our user sites, this is a great opportunity to start a website for bloggers and content creators.

Currently all web enthusiasts, bloggers face the problem of acquiring a website. They have to pay for site name, space and hosting. We at understand the time and cost involved with this activity. We address the problem by providing all these services for bloggers and content creators.We also help these users through blog/website building process also. We also enable the users to generate their own revenue by allowing them to place their own ads in other space available on the website/blog.

Visit us at

Anwalt fuer Arbeitsrecht said...

If we promise to any body,now it on us how we complete our promise.

Markk said...

Hi Sam, long time. Hope you doing well. Notice you have not been posting lately. ButI guess you'll be back soon. Cheers.

shahjee said...

Hi Sam. Great Blog. Excellent Posts.

Mike said...


Your blog has been recommended to us as a interviewee's favorite blog!

We would like to do an interview with you about your blog for . We'd like to give you the opportunity to
give us some insight on the "person behind the blog."

It would just take a few minutes of your time. The interview form can
be submitted online at

Best regards,

Mike Thomas

Loomis said...

Great website, You offer amazing encouragement.

I was wondering if you would be interested in checking out my website at

I would like to add you to my blog roll, would you be interested in exchanging links?

Dwayne Gilbert said...

It drives me crazy. It has some how become ok to say and do what ever we want in our society today. I really see it with kids more and more as time goes on.

Making false promises, doing what you want and saying sorry to fix it, lying about things. Great post, and I think more people need to read it and use it.

Avatar said...

Your blog is good source of wisdom and yeah, we should not promise more than we can deliver. I often think twice before I actually make a promise with anyone. hehe. :)

hemorroides said...

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.