“Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the LORD. And she made this vow: ‘O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime…’ In due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the LORD for him.” When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull for the sacrifice and a basket of flour and some wine. After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD. I asked the LORD to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life.” And they worshipped the LORD there.”
I Samuel 1: 10-11, 20, 24-27 NLT
In The Four Agreements, the author, Don Miguel Ruiz states that we have made thousands of agreements with ourselves, God, society, our parents, children, and other people. Many of these agreements make us suffer and fail in life. He suggests that if we want to live a life of joy and fulfilment, we have to find the courage to break those agreements and claim our personal power. He offers four new agreements for us to change our entire system of old agreements.
Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement and it becomes a part of our belief system.
The First of the Four Agreements, Be Impeccable With Your Word, is the ‘Mother of all’ (most important) Agreements. Hannah is a shining example of a mother who is impeccable with her word. She vows to return to God the one thing she most wanted—a son. Because she spoke with integrity she did as she said she would.
1. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
“Say just a simple ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough.”
Matthew 5:37 TLB
The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think and thereby to create the events of your life. (page 26)
Words are like two-edged swords: one edge is the misuse of the word which can destroy. The other edge is the impeccability which will only create beauty, love and heaven on earth. (Page 27)
2. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
Impeccable: without sin
Sin: Anything you do which goes against yourself (page 31)
Self-rejection is the biggest sin you commit (Page 31)
3. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
“Impeccability of the word can lead you to personal freedom, to huge success and abundance; it can take away all fear and transform it into joy and love.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements, page 45