“…I’m old-fashioned… I TRUST people. I may give some a 2nd chance… even a 3rd… but, then, three strikes… and you’re out…”

WHO SHOULD WE TRUST?  Who deserves our TRUST?  Who do you TRUST?  Who to Trust in the work place?  Boss, co-worker, customer, or…the competition?  Who to TRUST in our social environment?  And, even our family… and, church environment?

Many go through their entire life being distrustful.  I can’t imagine.  Yesterday, I was chatting with a total stranger (City Employee – Sewer Dept.), and he told me that he trusted everyone until they gave him a reason not to.  My sentiment as well.

I’m old-fashioned….I trust people.  When, or if…the trust is broken…the whole environment changes.  I may give some a “2nd chance…even a 3rd….but, then, three strikes…and you’re out.

For the distrusting soul…think about how many good people are… likely overlooked… causing time lost, friendships lost, and lost opportunity.  I don’t require people to prove that they’re trustful …only that they’re not.

It makes ‘no difference’ who it is… business…pleasure…and worst, a family member, and equally bad … one’s spiritual leader.  A business relationship could go sour when a ‘trusted supervisor, boss, or leader’ leads his followers down a certain path that spells disaster.   Our social network, when found to be lacking in trust, while not… normally catastrophic, is certainly a NUNSIENCE.  A family break-down of TRUST could, and usually is…pretty destructive…if not permanent, at least, for a long time.  We all have heard where a parishioners, who had complete trust in their spiritual leader… have been subjected to horendeous actions by their minister, where TRUST was non-existent.

So, who can we place are COMPLETE TRUST… without hesitation, regret, or destruction?  The Apostle Peter tells us in Matthew 14, where Peter steps out of a boat, at Jesus’s beckon call… to walk on water towards Jesus.  Peter acted on faith and trust in God (as most of us would have hard time walking on water… then, or now).   So, how did Peter know it was safe to step out of the boat, into the water, without sinking?  He probably didn’t know… he probably didn’t even think twice… as, by knowing Jesus, and knowing Jesus was all good … he trusted Jesus.   Because Peter knew Jesus, he knew Jesus wouldn’t ask him to risk his life.  Peter had FAITH that Jesus would protect him.  He TRUSTED Jesus.

The key to trusting God is knowing God.  In order to KNOW God, we MUST read, understand, and apply… His WORD….interspersed with PRAYER…Prayer, and more Prayer.

We are reminded in …Psalm 37:4-5 – “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

…Blessings… cjlb…6/27/2017  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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