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Trust is often spoken of without considering its meaning, impact, or violation. However, as society evolves, so do convictions, as we change ideals, culture, beliefs, faith, or the lack thereof. Trust quickly becomes a footnote, an afterthought during our exchange, but Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 from the JKV Bible explains why this can be rectified by starting here: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. (6) In all your ways, acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths.” Here lies the roadmap of real and lasting trust, starting with God and looking to Him for our guidance.

In retrospect, everything in life begins somewhere, at some time, and by an event we all can agree on as beings resulting from conception and birth. We started life as babies, and we were like clean slates, and between our families and social and cultural influences, the essence of who we become is the result of those units. As people are formed and fashioned in the likeness of God, there isn’t complete independence of Him, even if we choose to believe otherwise. This truth is proven daily in witnessing events of which we are spectators not by choice but by default, designed that way. The power to change those occurrences put in place by the forces be “God” is beyond our scope, even in our greatest efforts. There are limits and boundaries to how far anyone can go in the things of God and nature. Now, let us explore the central theme, what is trust? In God’s stewardship, although we are the image of Him, God guides us with proof of why to trust in Him. There is no failure or violation! On acceptance with knowledge of this truth, it becomes easier to deal with violations of those we trust or who trust us that we have failed.

As humans, our emotions shape our biases, even with the best of intentions, and wired to fail and sometimes fail miserably, we sometimes do. Therefore,  when trust becomes broken, it doesn’t mean we are evil; it means we are imperfect people, and it’s for that reason we need a Saviour. It’s difficult not to be angered by someone who betrays our trust or places us in harm’s way by violating that trust. However, we should try seeing ourselves through the eyes of mercy. God’s mercy is new to us daily. We might not have done what they did, but in honesty and self-inventory by looking over our lives, we too came up short, maybe not the same way as they did, but nevertheless, short. Therefore, trust should begin within its beginning, which is with God, through understanding with clarity, and all the rest will fall into place. Trust could be viewed as the other side of faith, which initiates teachings leading to forgiveness. So, the meaning of “trust” may become cloudy in its intended purpose, but its impact widens in its outreach. Peace!

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