June 23

Trust:  The presence of hope

       “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  Nelson Mandela

       This quotation inspires us to let go of fear.  For “as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  There are self-imposed limitations in all of us, limitations that keep us from accomplishing something really great. 

       But we do have limits; we are not God and thus we are not unlimited.  On our own the sky is not the limit; on our own we are quite limited.  But we use this as an excuse for not doing the things of which we are capable.  If we are to exceed our present circumstances, then we must be willing to let 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? 

       And trust will increase with continual action:  I call it “baby steps.”  If it were not for the faith and hope of its parents, a young child would never learn to walk.  A child that suffers from such trauma will remain in the crib, and eventually die.  Baby steps move us out of the “spiritual nursery” and into a more responsible and mature adult life.

       Baby steps are required in order for us to learn.  No one is required to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  No miraculous come-backs or death defying leaps across the Grand Canyon… just hopeful and trusting baby steps.  We simply move in the right direction with cautious optimism.

       Surrender requires trust.  Or perhaps you could say that surrender is trust, for you cannot have one without the other.  Just as courage is necessary for you to surrender (you must overcome your fear) and also acceptance (you must do it responsibly), trust is a requirement for those who would move forward with a heart full of hope.

       It is this great hope that gives the surrendered heart the ability to let go of all limitations.  It is this hope that fills the heart with confidence that far more can be accomplished with God than without. 

 Tomorrow’s topic – Trust:  Looking to the future