Mean What You Say
Matthew 5:33-37 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Much like the illusion of dying your hair to cover up unwanted colors, we can cover our words with terms and conditions that take away from the true meaning of what we are saying. When was the last time you just answered ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a question?
Try it and see how it shapes your thoughts, your actions, and those around you.