Archive for April, 2011

Who Do You Trust?

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s one of those things that takes years to build, and a few seconds to tear it down.

We need trust in every relationship.  Whether it’s friends, relatives, family members, and relationships – trust is what holds those together. Even services like auto mechanics, plumbers, heating/air conditioning, basic construction needs – they all require trust. In general, the person you vote for each and every election is the person that you trust the most.  The place you get your news from – it’s the place you trust.  Our currency says “In God We Trust“.  Even your doctor and your dentist – you definitely need to trust them.  You most likely attend the church you attend, because you trust the leadership.  You don’t necessarily need to trust your co-workers, but it sure makes your job a lot nicer when you can.

Every single relationship we have, they ALL require some form of trust.

This day in age, it can be a difficult task at times finding someone you can trust.  Nothing leaves a bitter taste in my mouth more than the feeling of thinking or knowing I got ripped off.  And most of the time, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.

That’s why I am so thankful that I’ve got so many people in my life that I can trust.  In some cases, it is people that really could take advantage of me if they wanted to.  People like auto mechanics, hvac, computer technicians, fencers, and exterminators – I’ve got friends in many of these industries and I am so thankful for them because in every one of these areas – they are skilled and I am not.

God has surrounded me with good, honest people, and I am extremely grateful for that!  I want to make sure that given an opportunity to return the favor – I will be ready and prepared.  I do not want to jeopardize the trust that I have built up with them, and I want them to know that they can trust me as well.

Can the people in your life trust you?  Do they want to?  Need to?

The golden rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you“.  In other words – treat people the same way you would like to be treated.  Treat them with respect, honor, and dignity.  Even when you feel like they don’t deserve it.

Do you practice that in your relationships?  With friends?  Family?  Bosses?  Clients? Co-Workers?

We all should be trying this a little harder than maybe we already are.


Expect the Unexpected…

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Expecting the unexpected.  If you’re a faithful reader of this blog, I apologize.  Lately I’ve been disregarding posting.  Call it laziness, slothfullness, busyness – whatever.  By quickly scrolling down, you can see that my last post was on Feb 7, 2011.  Like the way the New York Mets have started this baseball season, that is completely unacceptable.  By reading this post – you may be thinking to yourself – wow… a post on Matt Riggins’ blog – this is unexpected.

If that’s what you’re thinking – well then you know how I felt today when I got an email, or should I say a kick in the butt!  A good kick!  An amazing kick!

Last night I was telling my wife how lately I have felt really “uneasy” and “tense” about certain things.  It’s hard to explain – but right now there are a combination of things in my life that are basically “up in the air” and I am struggling with making decisions.  Some are big, some are small, some are probably meaningless.  Ultimately though – it is beginning to weigh on me.

This morning I was determined to start off on the right foot.  I was up early – I read my devotions … which I’m sad to say is not a daily habit.  It should be though because I believe it has changed my outlook for this day.  I arrived to work and unlike any other morning recently, I had this amazing peace inside.  It was incredible.  It was almost as if someone was praying for me at that very moment.  That’s what it felt like.

Then around lunch time I received the email I mentioned above.  It’s not huge, or life-changing, but it’s something I never expected.  Something I honestly gave up on about 3 or 4 months ago.  It brought a huge smile to my face and a jump to my step.

What was it?  Well… I cannot tell you right now.  But you will find out very soon.  I promise! 🙂

Expect the unexpected!