23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
Herod made a foolish promise based on incenstuous lust for his wife’s daughter. His sin had a consequence, but it was not just for himself. It also cost John the Baptist his life when Salome asked for John’s head. We may think that our sign only affects us, but it most often affects others. Instead of making promises we can’t keep, we ought to focus more on claiming the promises of God.
I want to contemplate the consequences of my actions, not only for myself, but for those around me. I want to commit to making less promises that benefit my sense of importance. Instead, I want to proof my selfless love of God and neighbor through intentional and compassionate decisions that account for effect of my decisions on others.
Lord, clear my mind and heart to depend on your promises. Clear my head to make better decisions that are more compassionate and selfless. Clear my heart of selfish desires and vain conceits. In your name we pray. Amen.