I give you my word.
There was a time when that used to mean something. Something worth more than gold. That’s not so true anymore.
When was the last time you heard that phrase and believed it completely without a flicker of doubt? When was the last time you made such a promise and lived up to it? I know its been a heck of a long time for me. I’m not proud of that.
The word of a man is his bond. You ever hear of that one? These phrases exist because a man is supposed to be a person of the highest integrity. When a man says he’s going to do something or be somewhere at a given time, it’s supposed to be a given.
I live in a country where integrity is a bad word. Actually, the word simply doesn’t exist in most people’s lexicon. All around me, I see men cheating, lying, breaking promises, unfaithful in work and relationship. It’s appalling to say the least. I’m not sure which is worse, that they do these things or that they don’t care at all about their integrity?
Finding a man of his word is harder than finding a blue grain of sand in the Sahara desert. One of my favorite verses from the good book says, “God is not a man that he should lie”. I love that.
God is the ultimate truth; you don’t get more solid than that. When God says he’s going to do something, He will. And He won’t be late or early but right on time. Now, I don’t always understand His timing and it pisses me off to no end but that’s a discussion for another time.
The point is, God never goes back on His word and neither should we. Now, I believe men are supposed to be representatives of God — nothing chauvinistic here, just a belief based on my Christianity. Therefore we are supposed to strive to be more like Him which means the highest integrity.
Gentlemen, it really is true, your word is everything. If you become known as a man of your word, it doesn’t matter what may happen or what the gossips say. People will trust and respect you because of your proven past ability to always live up to your word.
You should be of the highest integrity that you could hypothetically walk into a bank and ask for a loan without any security and they wouldn’t hesitate to give it to you because your word is worth more than your weight in gold.
Awesome. That’s exactly the kind of strength of word I’d like to have when I grow up. Seriously, I think Integrity is one of the key defining traits of manhood. You simply aren’t a man if you don’t have and continuously strive for integrity.
I love that my wife always tells me that she married me because she believes I’m a God fearing man of Integrity. I feel like a super hero when she says that. Now I only need everyone else to say the same thing.
So today, be careful with your word. Don’t give it lightly and always deliver mightily on it. Go out there and start creating a legacy of integrity. Start keeping your word, first in small things then the bigger. Work that integrity muscle till you become the mister universe of integrity. As a result, your life will become more wholesome, people will give you the respect and admiration you crave, your kids will sing praises for you and your woman will do anything for you. Not only that, but God Himself will move heaven and earth for you, because you’ll be a son after His own heart.
You have my word on that.