There was a time when people would shake hands and say, “you have my word” and whatever the two people communicated would be like a written agreement. All you have is your word. What does that mean? You are expressing trust in the information of your words.
There is a story of a father and daughter, and the father was thrown in prison for what he believed. His daughter told him just to deny what he believed, and they would let him go! He said, “No! If I am not a man of my word, what am I? “
There was a man named Wayne, and he and his dad loved listening to baseball, and their favorite team was the Cubs, They made a promise that if the Cubs made it to the World Series that wherever they were, they would listen to the game together. Wayne’s dad passed away many years ago, but Wayne kept the promise. When the Cubs went to the World Series, he drove many hours to the cemetery where his father was buried, and they listened to the game together! Wayne kept his word even though his dad couldn’t. That’s an honorable thing, and I think we all want to be men or women of our word.
To have a good name for ourselves or business is to be trusted. Even if we’re not around you know that you can trust us because our word has been tested and found true, valid or faithful. American businessman Warren Buffett said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” The amazing thing about God is He is the Word! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) God said it! It doesn’t matter if we believe it or not. It’s a fact, God said it. We can say and do all kinds of stuff, but it doesn’t change the fact God said it. We can take it any way we want, but it doesn’t change what God has said. We can easily see this when we say something. We said it, and we can’t change that, it has been said. We all have two ears but not one the same. One of the first things to form on a baby in its mother’s womb is its ears and hearing is the last sense to go when we die. The word is information, it’s so powerful God describes Himself as the Word. We are made in His image. What are we giving in our word? Life? Death? The choice is in our words.
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.