In thinking about the promises we make, the movie “Hook” came to mind. It is a wonderful film about Peter Pan, Hook, and Tink starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts respectively. There are many life and spiritual lessons within for any family who would like to use it as a platform for great discussion.
One of the issues embedded in the film is the busy life of Peter Banning and his dysfunctional relationship with his son, Jack. In an attempt to juggle work and family, Peter makes empty promises to his son. The tragedy occurs when, due to the Jack’s awareness that his father’s words are empty, Jack’s affections wander towards someone outside his family. Jack begins to trust someone other than his father. In this case, he begins to trust in Captain Hook, regardless of who he was.
Jack gravitated towards someone who showed true interest in him, not for what he could do, but for who he was. Captain Hook is a swarmy character antithetical of a father figure, however, did portray the quality of speaking truthfully to Jack.
In doing life as many years as I have, it is so much easier to work with people who keep their promise. Those who are more thoughtful about their words and the vows they make. If I enjoy working with people who possess this quality, then I have to believe that others do too. So I want to work really hard at thoughtful promise making and then promise keeping.
Jesus encouraged us to let our yes be yes and our no be no. Maybe it was more than an encouragement, maybe it is an significant element to a life of integrity.
Let’s be conscious of the promises we make.