June 22

Trust:  Letting go of our Limitations

       When we surrender to God we expand our human efforts and establish the presence of hope in our lives and in our world.  It is this hope that causes us to move forward with faith.  Our actions are a result of our faith, for “faith without works is dead.” 

       Trust.  The ingredient that defines our newly surrendered relationship to God.  For our relationship is one of trust.  How can you depend on someone else if you don’t trust them? 

       Trust begins with belief.  Belief in God, yes.  Trust in God also translates into belief in one’s self.  I was taught (mostly by attitude and example) that you can’t trust yourself, hence, you shouldn’t believe in yourself; your belief is in God, not yourself.  But I think more accurately that without surrender you cannot trust or believe in yourself.  It’s really not a question of whether I should believe in myself – I simply cannot.

         We don’t get our hopes up so we don’t get disappointed.  We don’t dream too big because it hurts when things don’t work out.  We know people who try to get ahead; they put together a plan and then they spend money on their plan.  Things start out pretty good but end really bad with more debt than when they first started. 

       And we smile knowing that we were smarter than our more adventurous friends.  Didn’t they know?  There just isn’t enough luck to go around in the world.  Success is for the lucky few; most of us are grounded, destined to peck away in the chicken coop of our lives.  “It’s best that we stay inside the coop where it’s safe.”

       One thing that disappears if you truly trust God is cynicism.  You know the phrases:  “That’ll never work, it’s never been done before.”  It ‘s “the glass is half empty” attitude.  There is a ton of anger and resentment hidden beneath the surface of the cynic.

       Cynicism can reveal itself in basically two different forms.  It can either have an edge to it like, “What makes you think that you’re going to be able to do that?”  Or it can have a resigned, powerless tone like, “I’ve got this black cloud hanging over my head… it’ll never work – nothing ever goes my way.”  In either case, you’re either judging someone else or you’re making a judgment about yourself. 

       At the beginning of this chapter we were looking at the idea of “letting go of our limitations.”  This isn’t about trusting God for what is in our power to do.  We trust God for things over which we have little or no control, and for things that – without God’s help – would never happen.  In this sense, we simply show our trust in God by letting go of our limitations.

Tomorrow’s topic:  Trust:  The presence of hope