How do you recover lost trust?, Part 1

The subject of trust is an enormous, multi-faceted subject.  It is important in everyday activities, such as business transactions.  You trust that the money you put into the bank will be there when you want to take it out.  You trust that when you pay for that cute stuffed animal you saw online, it will one day soon arrive in your mailbox.

Going a step deeper, trust is important in direct associations with other people.  A child trusts that her parents will always be there to make sure she is warm and fed.  A bride trusts that her new husband will always love her.  A student trusts that his teacher will teach him the truth.  A friend trusts that his friend will talk kindly about him, even in his absence.

The ultimate depth in trust is trust in God, the all-knowing, all-caring, all-powerful Creator.  We trust He will always love us.  We trust He knows what is best for us.  We trust He will give us that best.

You may have noticed that as the depth grows, the trust gets harder to gain—and harder to keep.  If you are old enough to read this, most likely your trust has in some way by someone been broken.  Most likely, many of you have even automatically thought of how the trust could be broken in most of the above situations.  How do you recover lost trust?

In this world we live in, unfortunately, even very young children are learning the lesson that you cannot always trust.  Some may even question the wisdom of ever trusting again.  In Vacation Bible School and other children’s outreach programs, you are sure to encounter some of these precious children.

How can we, as teachers and friends, be a positive example of a healthy trust?  What if your trust has been broken?  How can we gain the trust of others?  How can we inspire even the skeptical?

I do not profess by any means to have all the answers, but over the next few days, I would like to take this subject of trust a bit further.  I hope you will join me!

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