At the foundation of every successful relationship is trust. When someone trusts me, to me that is the highest compliment they can give me. I work very hard to fulfill that persons trust in me, and I will do everything in my power to not let them down.
But we all have trust issues, right? Perhaps we placed our trust in a person or a company that let us down. Maybe we have scars from having untrustworthy parents. Children of addicted parents learn to not trust, talk or feel. This can be a huge load to carry in an adult world that is forever trying to knock you on your backside.
When I was a boy, I tried to look up to my father. My dad was volatile, physically and emotionally abusive, and I did not feel safe opening up to him about what was going on in my life. He believed he was doing his job by being a good provider. I am grateful that I did not take up his habits with my own children, and I am grateful that I have healed from the scars he bestowed on me and I have left that in the past.
When I think about our Heavenly Father, sometimes it’s hard not to project the image of my earthly dad unto God. I am certain that many of you reading this have the same challenge. It’s only natural, but saying that doesn’t make it any easier to overcome. I do know that God isn’t sitting in Heaven keeping score and looking to punish us. That is the opposite of my earthly father who was on the lookout for reasons to not trust me and hence, punish me. So I continue to work on completely trusting our true Father. And, it’s a daily work, but it’s so worthwhile.
I leave you with this from Proverbs 3:5-“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.”
Keep striving, and make your life count!
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Trust…. I’m sure our past effects all of us with trust issues. We strive to have perfect relationships and at times we fail. When someone betrays us or we fall short of being trustworthy, we come back to God and ask for his help to be a better person and grow to be more like him. Life is a learning process and we continue to grow.