The Habit of Trust



An abrupt and simple question: Are we willing to trust? Are we willing to stay calm when things are flying all around us? Do we have a faith in that which we cannot see?

It is so easy to become caught up in the swirl of things during the day that we forget that we are in control of only a very little. We have very little understanding of distant outcomes. True confessions here. I'm one of those “I want to know what's up ahead” guys. I want to “run ahead and peek around the corner.” We want to know the answers. Now!

But Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing.” Relax those white knuckles of tension and anticipation. The remaining verses in Chapter 4 tells us what we can do instead. [Look it up and find some relief.] Yes, it's easy to become afraid, stressed, tense. We all are. But here are some questions to ask when worried about the situations in the future: Will they be true? Will they be noble? Will they be just? Will they be pure? Will they be lovely or of good report? Will there be virtue and of good report? Will God be there with me at that time?

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing.”

If the answers to those questions can be 'yes' perhaps we can relax the tension and know that we aren't alone now and won't be alone 'there' in the future, either. Consider harvest time as an example. There's much tension in not knowing the amount of the yield laid up against the expense of the production and harvest, the exhaustion of effort in the small window of the harvest itself, the price of the yield, the decisions for next year, on and on, just naming only some of the pressures. But what can be done on a given day? Rest, get up, clean up, eat well, maintain the machinery, and give a good days work. And, at the end of the day, give thanks and rest—knowing that more will be done tomorrow. God will be 'there' with us when we're finished. A parallel scene can be played out by all of us in whatever we do on any given day....Prepare ourselves (prayer, healthy eating, rest), prepare our work, and DO that which is in front of us. Not trusting the results (worrying) only sabotages us. So. May we all practice the habit of trust through prayer and know that God will be with us when we get 'there'.

Until next time,

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

William A. Brown Certified Life/Health Coach