MAGNA, UT - A $40,000 anonymous pledge to help 15-year-old Alexis with her fight against brain cancer turned out to be too good to be true. According to CNN:
The Goulds were told the money was donated by a local businessman who was supposed to be sending over a check to Primary Children’s Hospital. But as treatments for Alexis began, it became evident there was no account to charge. For the Goulds, it was a setback but not one they're dwelling on now. Instead, they're focusing on Alexis' recovery.
Fortunately, while the promised pledge fell through, Alexis has received numerous gifts from others.
Being human, we all possess the capacity to empathize with those who are suffering. Unfortunately, being human means we also have the capacity to break the promises our empathy moves us to make. We do this all the time; to our spouses, to our kids, to our bosses, and even to young cancer patients.
Thankfully, Jesus is a different kind of human being—there has never been another one like Him. He is both God and man, bearing all of the best qualities of both. As a fellow human being, He responds to us with empathy. As God, He can never, and will never, lie to us, or break any of His promises.
We are not Jesus; however, we can strive to be more like Him. In your own life, don’t promise more than you are able to deliver. Make your promises few but sure. Remember that you are merely human, that promises are as easy to break as they are to make, and that when you break a promise you break a hope.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
“But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned” (James 5:12).