13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
They revive the spirit of their employer.
14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
Don’t you just love it when it’s been a while since it’s rained, the ground is super dry, everything is dusty – the weather man calls for a 100% chance . . . and he’s wrong?
Doesn’t it just bless your heart when you make plans to have an activity outside, but due to the forecast and the formations of clouds in the sky, you move your event inside. . . and then the sun comes out?
It really makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you cancel your fishing trip because of the wind, only to find it blew in a calming cool front and sunny skies an hour later – doesn’t it?
These things just bring a smile to your face and warmth in your soul don’t they?
Of course not.
These things don’t bless our hearts! We don’t love it when these things happen! We don’t feel all warm and fuzzy! In fact, the very opposite is true.
We feel cheated. Tense. Frustrated. Mad. Incomplete. Like a part of us is empty. In short, we just don’t like it when our expectations are high about something and then have them not be fulfilled. We have to adjust both physically and mentally because what we assumed to be the case actually wasn’t. For me, that’s a recipe for an immediate bad mood.
That feeling – it’s what people feel about you when they rely on you to do something and you don’t come through. It’s worse when you say you will do something – and then don’t do it. You become the ‘wrong weather man’ in their minds and hearts.
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
If you say you are going to do something – DO IT!
If you can’t do it – tell ’em you can’t.
Wisdom says that being trustworthy not only gets things done, but refreshes others. Just as unreliable people will emotionally drain you, those who keep their word revive you.
Think about that person you can really rely on. Now think about the person you can’t.
What kind of emotional energy transpired by just thinking about ’em?
What kind of energy do you want to give people when they think of you?