Is there a way that a Christian can become more trusting of others? If we follow the Biblical instruction to love one another, we would find a way to make that happen. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Who do you trust? If you are like most folks there are few if any people that you know that you trust completely. According to the General Social Survey, a foundation which “has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society” since 1972, Americans for the most part did trust one another at one time.* Over 40 years ago over 50% of Americans said that most people could be trusted – today only about 33% agree. In a recent Associated Press** story, it was noted trust “has been quietly draining away” over the course of the last several decades. In real terms, this translates that in 1972 an estimated 105 million people were optimistic about the trustworthiness of their fellow Americans; today the estimated number is just under 96 million–all during a period of time when the population has grown to over 320 million. All indications seem to suggest that trust will continue its slow and steady downfall in the future. As a culture we are become more and more skeptical of who we can trust, when and how much.
How concerning are these statistics? Is there any way that a Christian can become more trusting of others? It would seem that if we follow the Biblical instruction to love one another as God has loved us, we would find a way to build our level of trust in others around us.
Here’s a story and a thought from Robert Sutton. A television program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, impossible as that sounds. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, “Left!” and “Right!” As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe. What a vivid picture of the Christian life! In this world, we are in reality blind about what course to take. We must rely solely on the Word of the only One who is truly sighted--God Himself. His Word gives us the direction we need to finish the course. (Robert W. Sutton.)
Those blind skiers had to put their trust in the sighted skiers that were their guides. What’s even more amazing they had to trust in someone they couldn’t see. What about us? How do you and I become more trusting in others, especially since most of us are able to see as well as hear? God does want us to trust others out of love, the selfless kind of love that Jesus has shown us despite the fact that we have never returned that love with a selfless love for him. Therein lies the key. When we commit to loving God as a priority in our life, putting our trust completely into his promises to forgive, provide and guide us, we form a bond of trust that is comforting and rewarding for us while also translating into a pathway to love others as ourselves. This is the foundation upon which we are able to build a bond of trust with others, not trusting in them above all others, but trusting in them according to the bonds of trust we have forged with God first. Loving God first gives us hope that someday we’ll get back to trusting others as we once did–a time when all of us were closer to God in trust.
We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us a pathway to love others as we love ourselves by providing us with a love we can trust 100% of the time. May we always be willing to share that love with others in Christ by first trusting you and then taking that trust and placing it in others, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to put you first in our thoughts so that others may find a trusting place in our thoughts as well. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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