"But You Promised"

“It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows” (Proverbs 20:25 NIV).

Have you ever…

• Promised to deliver something by a set date and later regretted it?
• Volunteered for a job you had no idea would take so long?
• Agreed to a deal that looked great but wasn’t?
• Accepted an invitation you wish you hadn’t?

Eventually, we all learn by experience a basic law of life: It’s always easier to get in than get out! The Bible says, “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows” (Proverbs 20:25 NIV).

There are three common commitment traps:

1. The Money Trap: It’s always easier to get into debt than out of debt! It’s always easier to borrow than to pay it back.

2. The Partnership Trap: It’s always easier to get into a partnership, or a relationship, than to get out of one!

3. The Time Trap: It’s always easier to fill your schedule than to fulfill it! You can get so many irons in the fire that you put out the fire!  

The solution: Remember what the Bible says—don’t make rash vows.

In other words, choose your commitments carefully; think before you speak; under-promise and over-deliver. With this, you’ll build a reputation as a person of your word.

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