“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10 (NIV)
What is Reliability?
Reliability is the quality of dependability and consistency. To rely on someone, means to attach trust on their words. When someone is a reliable person, their word is gold and holds a high value. Reliability is a quality we learn from God. The greatest example is that God has remained true to His covenant and has never broken His promise. (Malachi 3:6) For this reason, God’s words are reliable even today and is why we put a lot of value in them.
As a parent, I want my children to believe what I tell them is consistent and dependable. I want my words to mean something. So when I say, something is going to happen as it depends on me, it’s going to happen.
Showing Reliability For Your Family
First is to keep your promises. I am not saying, you should never promise something, because how can someone trust your words if you are never showing trust. So when you do make promises, make sure you stay true to your words. Think about work, if you are not feeling good but still able to go to work, what do you do? You go to work. But, with our children if we are not feeling good, we stay home and tell our children that another time will work better for you. Am I saying don’t stay home because you are feeling bad? No, but do that enough your children will stop trusting in your promises.
Now, one must be wise in their promises. Don’t promise things that won’t happen or over promise. If the promise is too big or something that will be difficult to fit in the calendar, don’t promise. Make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew.
Second, you can show up and be on time with your promises. For example, if you promise that you will be home at a set time for dinner, be more punctual at work. Have your stuff ready before you leave, so when it’s time to go, you are ready. Don’t stand around and chit chat after work and give extra time for the drive home. So when you get home, you have plenty of time to spend with the family.
Finally, be reliable with your faith. God’s values and morals should be something we practice all the time. Christianity doesn’t end when we leave church. If we lie, cheat, and steal during the work week, but then at church we are truthful, just and giving? Then we are not showing reliability of our faith to our family. We should be the same every day of the week.
What are some ways, you can show the value of spiritual reliability to your family? Feel free to let me know in the comment section.