Friday, June 30, 2017

"Fear Not"

Faith is acting upon some glorious assumptions. As a Christian, I believe that in Jesus Christ, events are altered, lives are changed, relationships healed, and love proves stronger than hate.

Sun Kyi from Myanmar said that it is not power that corrupts but fear. The Bible allegedly has 365 “Fear Nots!” That’s one for every day. Isaiah 43 reads, “Fear not, I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.” In my experience, faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.

Trust always embraces the risk of betrayal. There is such a thing as External Trust – that is between institutions and participants. There is also such a thing as Internal Trust which suggests credibility and respect among staff.

Forbes Magazine pointed to the Edelman Trust Barometer; only 18% of those surveyed trust business leaders to tell the truth. Gallup reports that only one in five Americans trusts their primary bank.  Price Waterhouse Coopers said that the number one differentiation factor between the top innovators and the bottom innovators was trust.

Our nation suffers from a deficit of trust, not a deficit of resources. Sadly, trust is easily destroyed by hypocrisy. To most of us, trust is more important than pay or perks.

Proverbs 3:5-6 has it, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”


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