When people speak, they speak life. They raise the hope of the hopeless through their voices. They give a very good oration. Why we admire such a speech. The main thing is that do they live the words spoken? Do they live up to people’s expectations based on their own declarations?
Let’s view this matter in these directions:
1. When brides and grooms pledge before God and the church. In front of God and the congregation, many brides and grooms have pledge their love for one another, that no matter what, they will always pat each other back in all circumstances. But the question is do they live to their declarations in the face of challenges? We should have it in mind that storms and winds of life is always transient. It’s for a short time!
2. When a teacher promises the students to motivate them externally. Many times teachers – not only professional teachers but also doctors, lawyers, and some other professions –, do promise their students one thing or the other to motivate them to learn. While the students respond to the stimulus by making sure learning takes place, does the teacher remember to fulfil his promise? If the teacher fails in one, he/she has defeated the success of all other lessons. Though, you have every reason to forget because of work load and the cares of life. This write-up serves as a reminder to always put it in mind whatever instrument you use to motivate your students externally.
3. When parents promise their children so that they can put forth a good performance in their examinations: Most times, parents do promise their children prior to major examinations so that they can pit forth a better performance. They do this in order to motivate them external, just because students should be motivated internally; they should be ready to succeed without anybody promising them heaven and earth. Meanwhile, as parents, if the children have fulfilled their obligation by putting in their best, we should make sure that we fulfill ours.
4. When aspirants give their agenda: The politicians promise the electorates heaven and earth when they are vying for a particular political position and/or appointment. When they are voted in, may be due to ecstasy or any other reason best known to them, they forget to work according to the manifesto. As a politician, do you fulfill what you have promised the masses before election?
5. When people speak on the pulpit: I’m not actually referring to the pastors, but part of the congregants that want to minister to impress others and to imprint themselves in the hearts of the congregation. Do you also listen to yourself, when you preach? Do you do what you are asking others to imbibe? Do you live what you preach? The life behind the voice matters a lot. In fact, the fulfilment or the doing of what we proclaim mar or make us.
Let’s learn to live up to our promises! And let’s live by examples. Let’s live the life we want others to live!