Posts Tagged ‘trust’

Who Do You Trust?

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Trust…

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.

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If you watched the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Miami Dolphins game you will know that there was a little bit of confusion that needed to be sorted out.  Basically the Steelers scored a touchdown, but because of an apparent fumble before the runner crossed the goal line, Miami challenged the ruling on the field.  They won the challenge, but still lost the challenge.  Confused?  Here’s the explanation from the official:

“Naturally the ruling on the field was a touchdown by Pittsburgh. After review it was confirmed in replay that the ball did come loose and it was a fumble prior to the ball breaking the goal line. That’s where we go into the second aspect of that. In order to overturn this and give another team the football, I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble. … That is what I explained. We did have a fumble, but we did not have video evidence and a confirmation on who recovered the football so we changed an aspect of the play by not awarding Pittsburgh the touchdown. Miami is not charged a time out because we changed an aspect of that play, but we could not award the defense in this situation the football because we don’t have video evidence of the defense recovering the ball.”

Still confused?  I completely understand.

Isn’t that how life can be sometimes?  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something goes wrong.  As soon as you learn to hit the fastballs, life goes and throws you a curve ball.  Learn to swim, then the waves come crashing down.  You learn to walk, and an earthquake takes over your life.  This could apply to any area of your life.  Could be with your husband or wife, your kids, your job, your education, your dreams, your goals, your finances, your future, etc.  If you are breathing right now… you have probably experienced something at some time that would leave you scratching your head and wondering what in the world just happened.

In life… when you get confused, let me encourage you to turn your confusion over to God.  Check out these verses:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:1-3,7

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33a

Don’t let a confusing time of your life ruin your whole season, or even worse… your whole career.  Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes the people around us see things the same way we do, sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes our kids are great, sometimes they’re not.  Sometimes the teens in our youth group are on fire for God, sometimes they’re not.  Sometimes I understand life, sometimes I don’t.

If you get confused about things…  don’t feel bad and think you’re the only one without a clue.  It’s normal.  Just continue to put your trust in God and He will show you over time why He has allowed certain things to happen.

For both sets of fans yesterday, the emotions went from one extreme to the other in a matter of seconds.  Next time that happens to you, don’t put your fate in the hands of a replay official. Put your trust and your delight in God.  Trust His decision, and rejoice in the outcome, no matter what.