What do you put your trust in?
This can sometimes be a controversial topic to discuss with individuals in my generation. So often I hear people say that they do not trust anyone or anything. I constantly see people with social media posts that say things like “trust no b*tch” with a Tupac picture flipping me off in the background. And that’s no jab at Tupac, (shout-out to Tupac for one of my all-time favorite songs-Baby Don’t Cry) but the reality is I hardly see trust as something that is valued in society.
Whether people have been severely hurt and damaged by a loved one, or are fed up with the systems in place created to help people but instead oppress and fail people-so many of us are scarred from the damage of our trust being shattered and broken. More times than not, I hear the word trust used in a negative tone and that if I put my trust in anything or anyone other than myself, it is seen as a weakness.
I would challenge anyone reading this to put away that way of thinking. When we put trust into practice, we provide opportunities to build our faith and put confidence into someone or something other than ourselves. What has caused you to lose your trust?... Lies? Disappointment? Fear? Pride? I am sure every one of you who have had your trust betrayed has a very good reason to never want to put your trust in anything ever again; however, I am a firm believer that no one should have the power to change your character based on someone else’s lack of character.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Trust as:
: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
: one in which confidence is placed
: dependence on something future or contingent: hope
I love looking up the definition of words because it gives me the opportunity to dissect it and understand its meaning in a new way. The definitions above made me realize that trust and risk go hand-in-hand. When you take a risk, you are essentially trusting for the outcome you desire to happen. When I apply this thinking into my own life, it showed me how I put trust into practice every day, especially with the major decisions I have made in my life.
When I made the decision to pursue a master degree and move to Chicago, I trusted that I would persevere until I received my diploma. I did not know if I would succeed or if conflicts would arise that could interfere with reaching my goal and send me packing home, but I took a risk a went for it. I cannot say that I did not experience any challenges or disappointments along the way, but I pushed through and can now say that I will be graduating in less than a month! I am also a woman of faith and put my trust in a higher power, which for me is God, and practice surrendering every worry and fear to Him. When we live in worry or fear, we are less likely to take risks and make decisions that could impact our future.
Think of trust is an investment in your future. It is an act of faith in which we do not know what the outcome of it would be, but have the courage to take that first step. Do not let your disappointments from your past limit your future. My hope for you today is that you would be healed from any hurt that you are still living with that is holding you back from putting trust into action. I believe that once we can move past our fear and desire to control every part of our lives, we can make room for trust and faith to grow...trust me.