Let Your Yes Be Yes

One of the things I do is make travel arrangements for groups going to Ghana, West Africa. In the fall I hired a company, Tour Monde, http://www.tour-monde.com/quote/en/index_one_way.php,to meet a group at Dulles Airport and transport them to Berea, Kentucky. On the day of the trip, after already having been paid, the salesperson, David, called to tell me that they had underbid the trip and would not do it. They would, he said, refund my money and cancel the contract. Any attempts to talk to him about how unethical this action was fell on deaf ears. They simply did not care. They wanted an additional $1750 or they would not live up to the terms of their contract. As I talked to David, I felt anger and frustration mount. They did not care that I had 27 people on their way to the airport. I began to pray for peace, for God’s favor and intervention.

I had an estimate from another company who was willing, on extremely short notice, to take the trip. It still cost more than I had originally budgeted but the difference between the companies was marked! This company, Beverly Tours, out of the Washington, DC area, was an answer to my prayers. I was able to call Tour Monde and tell them to refund my money. At the same time, I was greatly disturbed. It’s not just a matter of bad business for a company who obviously had not done due diligence prior to giving a quote to dishonor their contract. It speaks clearly about their lack of integrity. And as God does, God began to speak. Matthew 5:37 says ‘simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ ‘no’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

We live in a world where yes means maybe! As people of God we cannot follow the patterns of this world. While it is my prayer that my clients will cover the difference I had to pay to get the bus, if they don’t, I have to believe that God will honor me and provide the funds in another way. As a professor, minister, mother, wife, friend, my ‘yes’ has to mean yes. It’s not always convenient to honor your commitments. Doing what we say we will do is going to cost us something. But in the end, isn’t it better to pay the cost and be blessed than it is to go back on our word and have our witness damaged?

Today, as you go about your work or play, let your yes be yes. Anything less than that comes from the evil one.


4 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I greatly appreciate it. I’m also glad that a person who so poorly represented your company is working else where. God bless.

  2. Dear Reverand Cox,

    I am Leslie Marc Layman the owner of Tour Monde .I recently came upon your website . I unaware and I am very sorry for the manner with which you were treated by our company. Your representative David is no longer with the company . I would like to offer you a discount on a future trip that we might be able to help you.

  3. Rev Donna

    God is so amazing, me and a friend were just speaking about this last week. It is important for our yes to be yes. This is something that I learned a few years back, while being married to my husband. I didn’t understand the meaning of my word is bond. It is my character, it is all I have.

    This makes me think back to when I first started my jewelry business and I made a $25 mistake that was not in the interest of the hostess and I told her it would be an additional $25 but after I told her, it just didn’t sit right in my spirit and I told her because I had miscalculated I would cover the cost. I believe I did the right thing and what God requires me to do as a Christian and as a business owner.

    God will bless you for what you you did and also that company will reap what they sow.

    Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to share.

    God bless

    Janelle Brown

  4. To Him be all glory, praise and honor forever…
    …let my life be my yes. Amen.

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