Trust vs. Fear …

[Jesus said] “You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.” John 14:1

imageEverywhere I go in my neighborhood I see signs of distrust–yards with alarm company signs, security gates and bars over windows, and people walking their pets carrying a stick to protect their dogs from coyotes. All for a good reason. There is crime in our lovely community, and a few smaller dogs have been snatched out of the arms of their owner by a hungry coyote.

A friend of mind lives alone and decided she needed to buy a gun to protect herself. It wasn’t a trust issue that drove her into this conclusion, but rather a fear factor. I understand the right to protect oneself, and having a gun is one way to do so. However, she proceeded to tell me she doesn’t know how to use it!┬áNow, that causes me more fear than if she did not have a gun. Until she gets certified for using a firearm, I wont trust her to protect anyone–especially herself.

Fear and Trust are kissing cousins. Without trust, fear can turn us into a slave to paranoia. Without fear, we might become too loosey-goosey and actually set ourselves up for a dreadful situation.

Lord, shower wisdom on us to discern how fear and trust can enhance our lives. Amen.

 

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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