Chappy’s corner “Keeping promises”

Bob walked into a bar and ordered three beers.  The bartender gave him one beer, but Bob said, “No I need all three at the same time.” The bartender did as the man requested but then asked, “Why at the same time?” Bob replied, “I just moved here, but back where I use to live, my two good friends and I would meet every night after work to have a beer.  So, I promised them I would continue to have a beer with them. That’s why I have three beers: one for me and one for each of the other two guys.”  Bob came back every day for weeks, but one day he arrived and ordered only two beers. This surprised everyone in the bar and they all figured something had happened to one of his friends, so the bartender approached him and said, “Hey Bob you only ordered two beers, so I’m wondering did something happen to one of your friends?”  Bob replied,” No both are doing fine; it’s just that my wife doesn’t want me drinking anymore, so I promised her that I would stop drinking?”  The bartender replied, “But you still ordered two beers!”  Bob answered, “Well, I quit drinking, but my friends didn’t.”


Like Bob we all make promises and sometimes we have trouble keeping them.   Sometimes the promise we make to one person conflicts with a promise we made to another. A father promises to take his son fishing, but then an emergency at work requires him to reschedule the fishing trip.  Making and keeping promises is not always possible for us; we try, but we don’t always succeed. When we fail to keep that promise some people get angry with us, disappointed in us, or doubtful about us keeping our word.  In such situations we seek the forgiveness and patience of others; sometimes we get it; sometimes they refuse.


Thankfully God is forgiving and patient.  The Bible says “if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (I John 1:9)  God doesn’t forgive us because we will try harder, or because of our past record; He forgives because He made a gracious promise to pay for our sins and God kept that promise.  He promised to send a Savior, and Jesus did pay the full price for all our wrongs, all our sins. Because of Jesus we have forgiveness and a new opportunity to try again.  For like Jesus we should  try to keep the promises we make.


That’s just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota


CH (LTC) David Gunderson