Who can count on you?

Are you a “go to” spouse?

A “go to” dad?”

A “go to” friend?”

A “go to” employee?

A “go to” disciple of Christ?

In other words, are you dependable?

Can your spouse, your children, your friends, your boss and co-workers, and even God — can they count on you to come through as a husband, a father, friend, a worker, a disciple?

What does “dependability” look like?

We can get a snapshot from the sport of baseball. Check out this story …

Don Sutton pitching.

“For an extraordinary pitcher he performed few extraordinary feats. Though a veteran of 21 seasons, in only one did he win more than 20 games. He never pitched a no-hitter and only once did he lead the league in any category (2.21 ERA, 1980). Yet, on June 21, 1986, Don Sutton rubbed pitching elbows with the true legends of baseball by becoming the 13th pitcher to win 300 games. His analysis of his success is worth noting. ‘A grinder and a mechanic,’ is what he calls himself. ‘I never considered myself flamboyant or  exceptional. But all my life I’ve found a way to get the job done.’ And get it done he did. Through two decades, six presidential terms, and four trades, he consistently did what pitchers are supposed to do: win games. With tunnel vision devotion, he spent 21 seasons redefining greatness. He has been called the ‘family sedan’ of baseball’s men on the mound.”

Being dependable doesn’t mean being flamboyant or exceptional; instead, it might (often!) mean grinding out reliability and finding a way to “get the job done” so others can count on you for the role you have in their lives.

Being dependable matters! In fact, dependability is the key character trait Jesus highlights in his parable of the three servants recorded in Matthew 25:14-30. A lack of dependability deteriorates the quality and trust of any kind of relationship.

Who is counting on you? Are you dependable for them? What would it take for you to become a person in which others can rely on?