Trust Balance – a Practice

Hey there! Thanks for a great week of serving on MLK Day, a great visit from Dianne McNary and Brian Platt, and game night.

Nod your head if you trust all people at all times in all situations.

Nod your head if you answer every phonecall or respond to every email that is marked as “Spam Caller” or “Unknown sender.”

Well, Me Neither!

I dusted off my childhood Bible Concordance and lost count at 130 times that “Trust” is mentioned in Scripture. 130!? That’s quite a lot. (And, yes, that book was dusty!) Then I turned to our culture’s other scriptural habit (TikTok) and looked up “#trust.” This term has been included over 4 billion times (and counting) and is one of the most popular hashtags in this global video-based app. From moments of distrust, to recorded instances of trustworthiness, people around the world value those they can trust and recognize the damaged cause by broken trust in relationships and systems.

So what is it about TRUST?

We all know that trusting ourselves and other people takes time. It is not a static status, but rather a process in life that ebbs and flows, based on our relationships, experiences and our own personal approaches to “letting people in” to our lives. We set up expectations, and they are either met or NOT by other people.

There are two Trust companies within my extended family. While I am not involved in their businesses, I recognize the tireless consistency and integrity required for people to put their entire life savings and future in a near stranger’s hands. The amount of laws and legal energy that my relatives jump through each day is astounding and, quite frankly, pretty impressive! The same is true in our lives, in our faith communities, as we build trust-based relationships over years, we are opening up with some of the most vulnerable parts of our lives–our faith, our doubt, our families, and even our states of mind. We entrust imperfect people to act nearly perfectly with our lives. Trust in practice is both holy and altogether exhausting. It comes with expectations and consequences, with an intentional release of control and moments of discomfort, too.

Trust in practice is both holy and altogether exhausting.

Setting Up a Trust Balance

One thing I love about God and our faith journey in general is that we can find inspiration in some surprising spaces and even obvious ones. In one of the most widely sold devotionals, Jesus Calling, I found a bit to share with you today; now this book can be polarizing at times by church people, yet I hope you can hear the goodness in this message on trust from January 10, written from Christ’s perspective:

“Every time you affirm your Trust in Me, you put a coin into My treasury. Thus you build up equity in preparation for days of trouble. I keep safely in My Heart all trust invested in Me, with interest compounded continuously. The more you trust Me, the more I empower you to do so. Practice trusting Me during quiet days, when nothing much seems to be happening. Then when storms come, your turst ballance will be sufficient to see you through.” – Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling

As simplistic as this is, it makes sense, right? A Trust Balance takes time, efforts of both parties to connect to each other. A Trust Balance appreciates over time, and life guarantees that we will need to refill and use based on life’s seasons. Build up trust on the quiet days and take what you need on the really difficult days.

What does your Trust Balance look like? How are you depending on Christ today and this week, and what efforts can you make to grow (or take from) this balance? How do relationships with other people affect the way you trust God, and vice versa? Something to think about.

May each of us do the work to increase our Trust Balances with Christ. May we open our minds and hearts to Christ’s calling and message for you and me today, a new day. And may these moments of trust extend into our relationships and efforts to extend loving justice to our loved ones and communities. Amen.

~Laurel


Coming Up:

Centering Prayer Group – 4th Thursdays at 6:00 pm (adults and youth)
Holmeswood has a group of folks who meet monthly for a centering prayer session, the 4th Thursday of the month @ 6:00 for 30 minutes. The next meeting is on January 27. The group is for anyone interested in learning more about Centering Prayer, whether beginner or seasoned practitioner; during each session we meditate for 20 mins following a short bible verse or inspirational reading. Please join us in the Prayer Garden at the church.   Magnificat “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. (Luke 1:68-71)

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