There are two types of trust. First, there is the trust you put into your family, friends, neighbors, and mentors. Then, there's the trust in Faith and "The Plan" for each of us.
Accordingly, if you are a believer in God and His plan then you know that the shear mention of the word trust, can make you question every decision you make. Fearing that each choice could alter your destined path. This fear can be encouraging and, at the same time, it can be debilitating.
Now, hear me out, friends. There is a difference in judgment and discernment that is directly aligned with trust. Make wise decisions and use the challenging moments in life as teachable moments for yourself, your kids, or those around you. People are watching Christians and waiting for the moment that they can exclaim that it's all a hoax. Our actions speak so loudly and we must remember that is how the Word is truly preached.
When we trust in God's plan and follow the signs we are given, sometimes we are lead to places that cause us a lot of pain and create countless questions. Every experience I've had that has resulted in situations where I am hurt and uncomfortable, or when I have hurt and made others uncomfortable, I have learned a great deal.
I've learned about the people involved and about myself. As I get older and as I stand firm in my commitment to move closer and lean in to my Faith, through the Word of God, the more challenges and obstacles I am presented with. The very heartaches we experience, I believe, are like spiritual strength training and conditioning.
The ability to remove yourself emotionally from a situation and make a sound decision in all daily life and big events, is irrevocably indispensable. I believe that God truly uses us all to complete His master plan.
Think of it this way, as a young adult I was a mischievous and strayed soul. Others were not my main focus and their feelings certainly weren't on my radar. Am I proud of this? No. But, I think it was meant to happen. If it weren't for my actions during those encounters with others, their lives could have been completely different. One single action or behavior or word could have been the push they needed to move closer to their Faith.
In retrospect we all have probably affected many others' decisions in their Faith journey, both positively and negatively.
I imagine it as The Life Cycle of Faith. As the cycle of life goes, so does the cycle of Faith. We are each components to the puzzle of this life. This life was meant to be a punishment (see the Book of Genesis). There's no doubt about that in my mind. However, when God sent Jesus to this world we were given a chance to redeem ourselves and make it right. He also offered us Grace and forgiveness. Those who choose it and truly embrace their inevitable imperfections are rewarded with the promise of eternal life in Heaven and a happy life here on earth.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says this, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Trust is something that is given, free of charge and with no strings attached, to those close to us. When that trust is broken it can be months, years, even decades before that trust damage is repaired, if ever in a lifetime.
Just remember, before you revoke your trust, or put your walls up, trust is the key to Faith. Trusting faithfully will help us to trust wholly in life. So let down the barriers and forgive. Give back the key to your trust. And pray, pray, pray.