I remember the evening, a number of years ago, when this lady gave me just about the greatest gift I ever received as a minister. I was, and remain, overwhelmed by it. I felt embarrassed to receive it. I had done nothing to warrant a gift of that magnitude. I knew that other members of my church would never be given a gift like that. In fact, I was sure it was something I'd have never been given if I were not a pastor.
And, interestingly, the whole episode started with some promises I made to a lady I did not know. Here's the thing. I don't exactly remember making those promises. I didn't even know her name when I made them. But, I'm sure I made them.