I do not like resolutions so much but I do like a challenge. For the past few years, I have chosen a word to guide my life for the year. I have used the words, NEW, FOCUS, and CONFIDENCE. This year my word is TRUST. The concept is not an easy one. As a little girl, growing up in Maine, my mother taught me, “Love many. Trust few. And always paddle your own canoe.” Cute little rhyme but a little sad really.
The Oxford dictionary on my desk gives a definition of trust as: “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.” I have often felt as if I am the only one I can rely on. I am a pretty good paddler after all. Living out in the country, far from the city, helps one to be independent and self-reliant and I believe that shows strength. There is a flip-side however. Being too independent and self-reliant can cause one to become unapproachable and intimidating. And I see that as a weakness.
I work with teenagers, and for many, their friends are their number one priority. If someone is their friend, they have been known to divulge all of their secrets, holding nothing back. Later, if that friend repeats those confidences, drama ensues. I counsel students to be cautious. They need to know who they can trust with what kinds of information. Not all friends meet the same needs. Some friends are for encouragement and sharing hard times with. Other friends are for having fun with, studying with, playing sports with, or getting into mischief with. We’ve all had those friends! It’s wise to use discernment in knowing who to trust with what information.
Trust of people is very different from trust of God. Trust in God means to have faith. There are two Bible verses I am focusing on this year with my theme of TRUST.
The first is Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” I want to trust God with everything! I want to put Him first and rely on Him to guide me down the right paths. I can do that by beginning each morning spending time with Him in study and in prayer. What a great way to “acknowledge’ Him and start my day!
The second scripture is found in Jeremiah 17: 7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” I know where my strength comes from… and it’s not from me! I might feel I can get a lot accomplished, but with God in the driver’s seat, so much more is possible. His plans for me are possible when I put my TRUST in Him.
I’m resolving this year, in 2016, to put my TRUST in God, to have confidence that He has a plan for my life and that He will see me through. I don’t want fear of what’s happening in the world or around me, to hold me down or hold me back. I want to move forward in 2016, building my life on the truth, trusting that God is preparing me for what He has prepared for me.
What is God preparing you for? How will you TRUST Him in 2016?