by Bill Martin

       I had the great honor to speak at my home church a few Sunday's ago. One of my comments, that got a good laugh, I was one of the most serious. I said, "I'm just another schlep trying to get it right".

       The fact that I'm on TV has nothing to do with my salvation or whether I'm a faithful servant. I love my work don't get me wrong. It has taken me to incredible places and introduced me to amazing people, but there is no place more awesome than God's and no one more amazing than Jesus Christ.

       I'm not always the best at what I do, or the amazing husband or loving a father but I want to be. I know, as God has promised, if I only stay in the game I win. That's my struggle.

       I'm especially thinking about these things as I get ready for another Promise Keepers Convention. If you're not familiar, Promise Keepers is a ministry for men centered on nothing other than God's word. It teaches in life, to be not only a promise maker, but also a promise keeper. People can then describe you using words like honorable, faithful, Godly.

       Right before a convention is always a good time for me to go back and read through the seven promises of a Promise Keeper.

       Promise One: A Promise Keeper is committed to honor Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God's word in the power of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 73:25

       Promise Two: A Promise Keeper is committed to pursue vital relationships with a few men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises. Hebrews 3:12-13.

       Promise Three: A Promise Keeper is committed to practice spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity. 1 Corinthians 4:2.

       Promise Four: A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values. Mathew 20:27.

       Promise Five: A Promise Keeper is committed to support the mission of the church by honoring and praying for his pastor, and by actively giving his time and resources. 1Thessalonians 5:12-13

       Promise Six: A Promise Keeper is committed to reach beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity. John 17:20-23

       Promise Seven: A Promise Keeper is committed to influence his world, being obedient to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Mark 12:30-31; Mathew 28:19-20.

       These promises to me are all about staying in the game. They are all about being better men. They are not about, as some have criticized, being an overpowering Neanderthal.

       I know as I look at my own marriage and at relationships in general, there are key ingredients for success.

       There is communication. A husband and wife must understand each other and be understood in a loving way.

       There is companionship. God brought into being a mate for Adam, not from his head, to rule over him; not from his foot, to be dominated; but from his side, to be partners through life.

       There is growth. As you live and learn together you are to grow in mutual understanding, wisdom and love.

       There is spiritual stimulation. Homes are to be bastions of faith. A sensitive husband will also submit to the better judgement and greater experience of his wife.

       These are all values for me to keep close as I strive to be a true Promise Keeper. I know, as God has promised, what I value is what I'll have. What do you value?