Have you ever had someone break the trust you had given them?
We’ve probably all experienced that at one point or another in our lives. It hurts. It stings. It bites.
There’s no easy bandage or fix. It takes time to repair and mend that break.
Trust is only earned or rebuilt over time.
When I first began teaching at the Westside campus, I was continually met with these stares that I couldn’t figure out. They were not glares like they were upset with me, it was just a look that confused me. After weeks of praying about what the looks were all about, God revealed it was because the class didn’t trust me.
That made such sense. Why should they trust me? Most of them never had one person who was consistently trustworthy in their lives. Now here I was saying, “trust God, trust me, trust, trust, trust!”
After a month of studies together a girl and I were in deep conversation one day and she said it, “I don’t trust you!” She wasn’t mad. She wasn’t ugly. She was just stating the fact.
I assured her that she could, but I knew that trust would have to be earned over time. Fast forward one year. I get a phone call from that same “I can’t trust you” girl and she was needing counsel and advice. She started off our conversation, “Alene, I’m calling you because you are the only one I can trust.”
Earning someone’s trust is worth the wait. It’s worth the loyalty. It’s worth the time.
Trust is so valuable. Without it, our words and actions have no impact on others.
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