“How do you work to build trust?” A timely question, and one very much connected to the entire pillar of focus for this year in our Catholic school division.
Our opening staff religious in-service was titled “Be Not Afraid! Trust God – Follow Christ”. Beneath this title was the quote,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust in me also.” John 14:1
I am a believer. And though I wouldn’t describe myself as ‘afraid,’ I am definitely anxious (“full of mental fear or distress”). Anxious that I’ll forget something. Anxious that my children will struggle because I hover. Anxious that I’ll come up short in the eyes of my peers. Anxious that I’m not the right person for the job description (parent, wife, teacher, coach, friend). So, when I considered the question of “How do you work to build trust?” initially I was a bit anxious that I’d fall short there, too.
And yet, my courage going forward was re-affirmed at our in-service. “Be not afraid” was supported with the reasons why you can trust. As a Christian, there are a million reasons why you can trust in God. Here are some that stand out for me.
1. God will lead you, even when you are uncertain.
With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Proverbs 3:5-6
2. God is a ‘guide on the side’, not a ‘sage on the stage’.
guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you. Psalm 25:5
3. God wants us to feel good in our trust.
All who trust the Lord, be cheerful and strong. Psalm 31:24
4. God is willing to lead us and help us.
Let the Lord lead you and trust him to help. Psalm 37:5
5. God will lift you up when you fall.
Jesus Walks on the Water (Matthew 14: 22-33)
Right away, Jesus made his disciples get into a boat and start back across the lake. But he stayed until he had sent the crowds away. Then he went up on a mountain where he could be alone and pray. Later that evening, he was still there.
By this time the boat was a long way from the shore. It was going against the wind and was being tossed around by the waves. A little while before morning, Jesus came walking on the water toward his disciples. When they saw him, they thought he was a ghost. They were terrified and started screaming.
At once, Jesus said to them, “Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter replied, “Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come on!” Jesus said. Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him. But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Right away, Jesus reached out his hand. He helped Peter up and said, “You surely don’t have much faith. Why do you doubt?”
When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind died down. The men in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “You really are the Son of God!”
My definition of “anxious” evolved from “full of mental fear or distress” to “earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for ): anxious for our happiness.” (www.dictionary.com)
I can totally to this! I am hopeful! I can build trust by remembering how God treats us and do this in all my relationships.
- I can lead, even when I’m uncertain, because I am not alone. I trust that others with have so much to offer.
- I can be a support, and remind myself and others that I do not have all the answers. We can work together to ‘find’ them.
- I can be positive in my relationships. I can set my trials to the side and be as present and as pleasant as possible.
- I can be willing to try new things and encourage others to do the same. I will take risks if I’m expecting others to try new things, too.
- I can be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or a voice to encourage. I can see the good in people and freely give my support when the going gets tough.
I will approach my life with eagerness, not fear. I have courage because I trust that while I’m working hard to support and look out for my family, my students, and my colleagues, God is working hard to support and look out for me.
Trust: it builds faith, hope, and relationships.
- Matthew 14: 27-31 (anerrantpilgrim.wordpress.com)
- He will Catch You (astorybyme.wordpress.com)
- The name’s Pete. (madelineranda.wordpress.com)