Welcome! We’re learning about trust today. So glad you joined us!
I invite you to grab a cup of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, and let’s have a conversation. And I hope this is a two way conversation, please. The only way for that to happen is for you to share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.
Before we get started on “Trust”, have you read the earlier posts in our “What Truly Matters in 2017″? If not, I encourage you to read them as well. Just click on the following links to those posts”
Ok, on to trust –
Why does trust matter?
Let’s think about that some. Why does trust matter?
It matters because it is one of our foundation character traits that others are built on. Without trust we cannot love. When trust is destroyed what does it do? It shatters a relationship.
And to love and be loved is at our very core. The center of our being. Even those of us who have sworn they will never love again.
Do you know why we do that?
Becuase we were hurt.
Why were we hurt?
Because someone broke our trust.
How To Trust
so how on earth do we learn to build trust?
In each other?
Well, trust me, it ain’t easy.
It takes work, time, dedication, and practice.
So first, let me ask you a question – who do you trust?
I hope you can think of at least two people you trust. If you have more than three or four you are a very lucky person. If you have 10 or more, we will address that in one of the upcoming posts so be sure to click on this link and SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss that post!
And now –
Do You Trust God?
It was a simple question I started asking people a few months ago.
Many said yes.
Some gave me a blank stare. Eventually saying, “I don’t know.”
Several rolled their eyes and scoffed.
And a few gave me a flat out “No”.
The mixed responses didn’t surprise me, because, I’ve lived life both ways. That may surprise some of you, but it’s true. And one can only speak truth if they have looked at all sides of an issue or situation and have total understanding of it.
I’ve done that.
That’s why I can boldly make the following statements:
I trust God.
Trusting God transforms lives.
I can say this with confidence because I’m living proof of it.
I was born into a “believing” family therefore, I had no choice but to go to church. Every Sunday.
But going to church doesn’t make you a “believer”. It opens the door to hear about God, learn about Him and gain a basic understanding of what others think and say about Him. And to hear about His Son and how He died on the cross for us.
But being an independent sort, even as a child, I wasn’t that easy to sway.
My family lived out faith. We prayed over every meal. I said my prayers every night before bed. We read the Bible. And I heard all about how I had to accept Jesus as my Savior or. . . I was going to Hell.
At the ripe old age of 9, sitting in children’s choir, I decided it was time to tell God I believed in Him. I had to climb over an entire row of children and make my way to the front of the church to tell the pastor I wanted to accept God, and His Son, Jesus, as my Savior.
Thankfully, God never gave up on that little girl who have no idea what she was doing. It took all of my 45+ years of believing, turning my back on that belief, and experiencing life without “faith”, and coming back to that faith to learn just how little I know, and how deep God’s love for me really is.
Not trusting God transforms lives almost as much as trusting and having faith. We all struggle, even those of us that have developed a deep and abiding trust in God. We are human. So we struggle at times.
And the most beautiful thing is, God knows we do. And He meets us right where we are. He comes to us when we are running scared, shaking, and hiding from the world. He comes to us when there is no light. When we have given up. He’s there. He’s the one that carry’s us in those dark and painful times of walking away from Him, rather than to Him.
He is quietly there, waiting patiently, smiling as a parent watching a child struggling with a “Me Do It” moment.
And trust me when I say this, I’ve had many “me do it” moments!
There are so many things I wish I could explain to you. So many feelings in my heart right now. I completely understand how we can doubt God. Because I’ve been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Trust takes courage. Tons of it at times. Far more that is humanly possible. Faith takes, other worldly, courage.
And that is what we will be discussing in our next post!
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