‘Blessed is the man who TRUSTS in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord . For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. ‘ Jeremiah 17:7-8
I’ve been thinking about trust quite a bit over the past few weeks. Trust is such an interesting concept. Trust is something that is sought by and asked of every person every day. We put are trust in people, places, things and ideas, our own bodies, even. When those persons or things do not yield the results we desire or betray us, we lose trust in them. Likewise, when we fail to yield the results expected of us or betray the confidence of another their trust in us is lost.
I’ve been reasonably successful in life. For the most part, I’ve developed a great many relationships, built on a mutual trust and consequently, they’ve stood the test of time. I’ve had reasonable success, over the years, professionally. I contemplated this very thing today as I sat in a meeting in which my past successes were being discussed. When asked what I believed to be the reason for it, my answer was simply, “trust”.
Trust… it is a key principle for success in life, love and business. Life is not meant to be a solitary endeavor. It was purposed to be shared with others. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration with others is generally necessary to propel us through this life. We must care about what we are doing and for and with whom we do it. That care leads to relationship. The relationship develops and fosters a sense of trust. An unwavering trust emboldens, instilling confidence to reach for ever increasing height, knowing that whom has earned your trust will support you, prop you up and catch you should you stumble.
God asks that of us, as well. Without it, we are lost. When we care to develop and cultivate our relationship with Christ, trust begins to take root. This is a two way exchange, a collaboration of two who care and share a valued trust. We trust that God will protect, provide and never leave us. In turn, He trusts us to represent Him, to seek His will, to be obedient and strive to live a life that brings honor to Him first and foremost.
I’ve been blessed to know the trust of a good many people, both professionally and personally. I’ve also known the devastation wrought by the violation of that trust, both on the receiving and giving side of it. That violation is not something I will ever experience at the hands of my Father. It’s high time I live like it. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water…”, I like the sound of that. Have a blessed weekend.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy