Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Yes? or No?

Credibility. It's hard to build and easy to destroy. This is a life lesson we're working on in our home now. With one child a year away from her learner's permit, we're trying to think now about what life will be like for a teen driver. (She's not real thrilled with our idea of curfew right now, but that's for another post.)

One of the lessons we are working on now is trust and credibility. The idea is simply this: if I can trust you today with the little things, I can trust you tomorrow with greater things. Our motto has been "Let your yes be yes and your no be no." That is pretty self explanatory. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.

A couple of nights ago she came to her mother with a little twinkle in her eye. Pointing to the Bible verse James 5:12, she read: "Your 'yes' must be 'yes,' and your 'no' must be 'no...'" Her conclusion? This is cool! It's in the Bible.

So, what did I learn?
  1. I took it for granted that she knew it was a Biblical admonition. My bad... (though I used the teachable moment to encourage her to find the other reference where the same words are used).
  2. She was reminded that the wisdom found in the Bible is practical.
  3. We all have much to learn about credibility....
Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.

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