Your word. Giving your word is an interesting thing. It can sometimes be the very thing that makes a situation easy, or it can also be the thing that makes it difficult.
Last Thursday morning I had an interview with Quik Trip Convenience Stores. I got there, took the prelim tests, filled out some more paper work, and then went in for the interview. It was a piece of cake, and afterwards I was offered the job and asked to start orientation on Monday afternoon.
Now you’ve got to understand that this wasn’t the only application that I picked up and turned in. I had applied to the KC Public Library, Costco, Starbucks, another little coffee shop, and a cigar shop called Fidels (which a truckload of other places in mind).
On Friday morning I got a call from Fidels asking me if I might be interested essentially in being full time there. But I had already given my word to QT. Thus making the situation difficult.
The quick and short of it is that I would love to work for such a unique and eclectic place like Fidels, but I did give my word to QT. They have benefits and in time they pay pretty well to those who stay with them. They were the first ones to offer me employment and so I had to go with them. I still would like to connect with Fidels somehow, but QT got ahold of me first.
I’m excited about what all could happen at QT because it is going to be different from every other job that I’ve done. I think there are also going to be a lot of ministry opportunities there, along with chances for promotions.
All that to say, sometimes your word makes things easy, and sometimes it makes things hard. But when you give your word – it is yours. And your word is only as good as you make it. I gave my word to Quik Trip and I’m going to make sure it means something.
What about you? What have you given your word to?