Today we are living in a time when a persons word is not worth much.  "Well you said!"  "But I didn't sign anything."  The days I grew up in where a man was as good as his word and it mattered what other people thought of him have gone the way of the step-side pickup truck.  I believe it has something to do with neighbors.  We have little or no contact with those who live close around us anymore.  What they think about us is of little concern. 
There was a time when your reputation would have a direct effect on how you got along in the community.  A young man may go to apply for a job and the storekeeper might say, "I know your daddy, he is a good man, I will give you a try."  Many a spanking was handed out because the action of a child made "the whole family look bad."  Everything is detached now and your reputation, good or bad, doesn't have the sway on your life it once had.  For that I am truly saddened.  The old way there was a certain accountability, missing today.  
There is still hope for you and yours.  Find yourself a person or a group of people that shares your faith and beliefs and then agree to hold each other accountable.   Your life will be richer and stronger and closer to what you know it should be.


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