I love it when church really makes me think, and sometimes it brings about such introspection that I just have to post about my thoughts! The sermon that really impacted me this week was about trust. More specifically, it was about how and why we know we can trust God. Our pastor discussed Hebrews 6:13-20, in which God makes a promise to Abraham that he will have many descendants. These verses (partially) state, (emphasis mine)
“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
I absolutely love these verses, because how awesome is it that we can put our trust in God?! While there are so many uncertain things in this world, we can always put our faith and trust in God to be just and to fulfill His promises.
Yes, sometimes I study His Word with a beer in hand on the side table.
In addition to discussing God’s trustworthiness, we also discussed how trustworthy we, as people, are.
And this led me to become quite introspective.
It was easy for me to immediately label certain people in my life as ‘definitely trustworthy’ and ‘definitely not very trustworthy’ and I couldn’t help but wonder, how trustworthy would my friends say I am?
- Do I follow through with my promises?
- Do I always mean what I say?
- Do I fulfill obligations?
It’s easy to become jaded and distrustful of people, even close friends. Everyone has those friends that over-promise and don’t always deliver on their words. The friends that say they’ll help us move but then suddenly aren’t available the day we need them. The friends that promise to call but forget to pick up the phone at the agreed upon time. The friends that we count on to attend a get-together and who don’t show up for any number of reasons. The friends that we entrust with our secrets, only to find out that they have shared our stories with others.
I know I’ve been ‘that friend’ in all of these situations. And what does that say about me and about others? I feel quite convicted when I think about all of these things, because of course I want to be a trustworthy person who people (especially my good friends and family members) can count on when they need it! I would love to be regarded as a consistent individual who always follows through on what she promises to do and only says what is true.
So, I’ve set a rather ‘loose’ goal for myself (loose because it’s not exactly measurable and I don’t know if I’ll ever really know if I’ve achieved it) but this goal is to be a person of my word and to be the type of friend who others can count on to do what I say I’m going to do.
Because I truly think that people like this are rare and above all, respectable, and I want to strive to be more like that in my own life.
This may mean saying ‘no’ instead of ‘maybe’ to more invitations and it will definitely mean not over-booking myself during weekends. This means that when I have a rough day at work but have plans to meet girlfriends out for a drink, that I will have to suck it up, put my big-girl pants on, and go to the dang bar. Because no one likes a flake, and I really don’t want to be that girl that people make plans with while thinking in the back of their minds, ‘I’d better make other plans, just in case this one falls through…’
And this shit is going to be challenging for me, because I love nothing more than saying ‘yes’ to everything my friends ever ask me to be at, even if it means I need to be 3 places at once.
Wish me luck!
And let me know, do you trust people easily? Do you think you’re trustworthy?
Cheers to positive (no matter how small) life changes!