In January 1969, Joe Namath of the New York Jets promised that he was going to win Super Bowl III. Even though he had many accomplishments to his credit as a young quarterback, when he made that promise, many thought it was cheap talk. He was voted Rookie of the Year his first season and became the first quarterback ever to throw for 4,000 yards. Despite his accomplishments, he was looked on as a fluke and an upstart with a lot of arrogance.
The NFL Baltimore Colts were considered at the time to be the best team in football and were favored to win. Namath had no trouble talking to the press about it. Several days before the game, he said that the Jets were going to win. He declared, “I guarantee it!”
Nobody took his declaration seriously. But, to the surprise of all, both the Jets’ defense and offense did a little “shock and awe” on the Baltimore Colts. With the help of his team, Namath delivered on his promise, and the Jets won the Super Bowl 16-7.
There is a saying from an anonymous source, “Make your words tasteful; you may have to eat them later.” Think of how little Joe Namath’s words would have meant if the Jets had lost. His promise backed by the win made his words true and meaningful to those who listened. How many times have you promised something and not followed through?
Our words are an indicator of our character. If we make a promise or say we are going to do something and don’t, we are evaluated by others. At the workplace, failed promises devalue us. To our friends, our lack of action tags us as unreliable or uncaring. Even in an everyday conversation, what we say reveals a little bit about who we really are.
Words are powerful. Each of us has an opportunity for lasting power and influence when we back them up with deeds. In the end, we are the ones who decide what comes out of our mouths and what becomes a reality after all is said and done.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37