13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
It is not the messenger’s commitment which satisfies, but his ability to carry it out. Any fool can make a commitment, and many do, without the ability to follow through. What is more refreshing than trustworthiness in action? What is more disappointing than an empty promise? One of the best things you can do for yourself is to develop competence before making commitments. Would you like a happy marriage? A successful career? A good reputation? Focus on what you can do to prepare yourself now, prove yourself trustworthy in the small things, and you will not disappoint when others are counting on you.