“In God we trust – trust your friends – trust the people with whom you do business – believe that your family will always be there for you – know that those who instruct you are people of integrity and common sense.” How much truth do these sayings hold?.
In business today, it is very difficult to trust. With the use of internet to conduct everything from business to social media, there is very little face to face contact, leaving no room for reading body language or emotions. We can only assume we’re being told the truth. A handshake is rarely evident until a deal is closed and even then we don’t finish business like we did in years gone by.
In our case, friends have always been few, but ones we can depend on. Many who claimed to be friends when our business was thriving, went by the wayside as soon as success left our door. The ones that remained faithful are still friends today.
Most families are separated by miles and they’re busy building their own lives. Today, both spouses work in order to meet the everyday demands of living. Their time is precious to them. That’s not a bad thing and we’ve always given them their space, but when we need them for something, we know we can call them. Not all families are like that. Many leave the nest and are rarely seen again.
Our pastors, teachers, mentors and leaders should be those you can put your complete trust in, but even in those positions of merit, we often hear stories of shepherds leading their flocks astray with false teaching. We discover that teachers or others in authority can use their station to take advantage of those they teach or put them in compromising situations. Mentors should be looked up to, but they often fall short. As to our athletic heroes, movie icons, television stars, their fame has often tainted them and their ability to motivate or stand as good role models is pathetic. Our leaders have lost track of the fact that they have been elected to work for our good, but special interest groups often capture their attention first.
When we trust in ourselves for wisdom, our narcissistic nature often grabs hold of us and we think we’re the only ones we can trust. Some folks worship false gods, the internet, money & success, good works and on and on, but there is only One that we can trust to mold us, punch us, toss us around, help us, comfort us, raise us up when we’re down and give us hope – all for our benefit.
Even when life is coming at us from all sides, His love never changes. He is unconditional with it – He lavishly disperses it on us – sometimes you don’t like His path and determine to take your own. When that doesn’t work, you know He’ll be waiting for you with open arms.
To me, He’s the only One you can trust completely.