TODAY THE WORDS are WHEN IS IT SAFE TO TRUST? This morning while I was meditating over what would the blog be focused, I wrote “Life throws more curves than any major league pitcher.” My mind went to how life and people take us in directions we may not have intended our lives to go. I remembered times in my life when I trusted people, both in business and personal, and it proved to be very costly both financially and emotionally. It caused me to think how do we know when we can safely trust people? I am not sure I have the answers but I do have some thoughts which I will share.
1) Trust is a gift and not to be taken lightly. When you gain someone’s trust and they have your trust; it is a treasure beyond any price. In other words, trust in its truest form is priceless. It comes without expectation of any reward for either party. It should be freely given and accepted; it should however be protected with every means possible.
2) Trust should not be taken lightly and should not be used in any measure to sway, threaten, use for one’s own purpose. It is a true sense of love; even unconditional love if respected and protected. Love is when one thinks of the other person instead of oneself and the same applies to trust.
3) Trust is never a tool but a priceless porcelain statue of the purest and most beautiful material. As such, it also is fragile and can be broken easily if one is not careful. Once broken, any attempt to “glue” it back together may allow it to have the appearance of it mended; the cracks will show and it will never have the perfect appearance it once had.
4) Trust is never to be used to gain another person’s affection by divulging things about someone who has placed their trust in you. Trust has to stay intact and never a party to gossip, deceit, or revenge.
Now for the deeper thought…. Have you given someone your trust only to be deceived? How did you feel when you found out they were not the friend you thought they were? Did you feel violated? I ask these questions because that would be how someone who trusted you would feel if you misused their trust. Are you guaranteed no one will ever displace your trust? No, but even if they do; it is a wise thing not to try “an eye for an eye”. Move past them, and be careful with your trust. A good friend will go to their graves without being true to the trust you placed in them. Be that kind of friend to them! Live life; love life; Live life to the fullest by choosing carefully who you trust.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Psalm 56:3-4 ESV
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
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