By Darin Kearns
Alva Friends Church 

Take my word for it


August 17, 2018

“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” (Matthew 5:33-37 NIV).

Wednesday, the 15th, was the 10th anniversary of my father’s death. He had battled some form of cancer for around 18 years. We had talked about his impending death very freely and we were both at peace about what would be coming up on the other side of eternity. My father was very sure of his stance with the Lord and knew Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.

My father was very adamant about living out what he believed. If he said it, you knew it would be true; or if he said he would do something, you could absolutely count on it coming to pass. He was my mentor in every way when it came to living for Jesus. But I found out he had a secret he kept from before I was born. I have just been torn up about this secret and have wanted to ask him, “Why?”

I have always felt that I needed to be as open and blatantly honest with my children as I possibly could be. This discovery has solidified my feelings on this subject. Lying just doesn’t make sense. Being deceitful does not help anyone. Our word should be our bond.

I encourage all that are reading this to evaluate your life and see if you can honestly say you are truthful in everything you do. Don’t let your loved ones discover a secret after you are gone. It might hurt to tell the truth, but I guarantee it’s better than your family having to ask the question, “Why?”

I don’t write this for anyone to feel bad for me. I want you to learn from others’ mistakes so you can be better people. I do want to let you know that I am available to talk to anyone that is hurting and doesn’t know where to turn.


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