Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trust and Small Things

In my life, I want to be known by two things: trust and responsibility. I want to be trustworthy and responsible. I want others to be able to depend on me and trust that I won't let them down. I wish this of my parents, friends, teachers, youth pastor, and other leaders. I want to be mature enough to be counted on and trusted in. When a person assigns a job to me, I want that person's confidence that I will succeed. And I want God to trust in me too. But how can God, or anyone else, trust me with big things if I'm untrustworthy in small things?

So what does it take to be a trustworthy person? It takes four key elements: time, concentration, honesty, and driven purpose. The first element is time. Trust builds over time. For example, my youth pastor will trust me more in one year than he does now. The second element is concentration. While building someone's trust in you, you must concentrate on earning that trust. A lapse in concentration will probably result in a foolish mistake that will destroy your credibility. Honesty, obviously, is a key element because lies do not help someone trust you. In fact, they have the opposite effect and ruin not only your credibility as a trustworthy person, but destroy your reputation. Also, driven purpose is required because if you don't believe in yourself, no one will. You must have self-confidence and strive to be trustworthy. You must dedicate yourself to be responsible, mature, and trustworthy. In the end, the word trustworthy means one thing: worthy of trust. Strive to be worthy of trust.

Maybe you believe you don't have to be trustworthy in the small to be trusted in the great. But do you think you'll be trusted with a multi-million dollar account when you waste your own finances on poor investments? Or do you think God will trust you with one of His beautiful daughters for a wife if you can't be trustworthy with what you look at online or do behind closed doors? Or can God let you be a pastor or youth minister if you lack the dedication to read your Bible every day? Can you be a professional quarterback if you never practice throwing the ball? Can you deliver an effective speech in public if you never practice or prepare for it?

[Jesus said] Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  Luke 16:10

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is really interesting. God was just teaching me this lesson a few days ago, and this post sort of refreshed my memory. Thank you! :P