I have my word.
It’s never a question of whether One Word works. It’s whether you will put One Word into action in your life. If you discover and live your word, it works every single time, because there is a word meant for you, and it is meant to change your life in a positive way. Reference here.
This concept of having a word for a year is a wonderful concept. My word for 2014 was abundance and although many would think that would include riches and fortunes, I’ve realised that abundance is an attitude.
You can get some very poor rich people, and some mightily rich poor people.
And at one stage I thought my word for 2015 would be prosperity. Perhaps I was just hoping it would be after so many years of battling financially. But, after praying about it, and receiving some amazing confirmation, I know that my word for 2015 is TRUST.
What is trust?
After googling it, I was quite interested to read that what I thought trust was, is what I thought it was. Does that make sense?
Trust is active – it is a verb, i.e. a doing word. It is decision to actively put your trust in someone or something. According to Chistianity.com, the difference is thus:
Faith vs. Trust:
Quite often the words faith and trust are tossed about in religious circles. These words are used like salt, seasoning any dialogue with a distinctly “Christian” flavour. But what do they mean? Is faith the same thing as trust? If not, what is the difference?
Faith is a noun.
It is something we HAVE… As He reveals Himself and His Love to us, this “knowing” of him in our head (knowledge), and in our heart (beliefs), is the substance, our evidence, of Him and His Love (Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”).
Faith says “I know Him, and I believe!”… But faith is not trust… Trust is a verb.
Trust is something we DO…
Trust is faith in action! It is the manifestation of our faith in our thoughts and actions. While faith says “He can…” trust says “He is… and I will think and act accordingly!”
It is far easier to have faith in God; there are unbelievers who have this. It is a lot harder to exercise trust in Him…
But, it’s not just Trust in God that I need to work on – although that is the most important aspect. Its trust in me, my husband and that just maybe life works out exactly as God intends it to. And while I thought trust and fear cannot go exist – according to the following article, trust and fear do co-exist, its exercising trust in spite of fear that is key.
My life’s calling and the work I do at this site are rooted in these 8 beliefs. I offer them with the heart-felt wish that they catalyze much in the broader conversation on fear and trust. If they move/challenge/ruffle/inspire you, please pass them on!
- I believe fear is the root of every problem we create.
Fear disconnects us from compassion and clouds clear thought. It compels us to run, fight, or go limp in the face of perceived threats, and display all the subtler versions of these things.
Name a human-made problem, and fear is at its root.
- I believe aggressive attempts to get rid of fear only increase its power.
Fear, at heart, is not a monster. It’s a vulnerable child. So while metaphors that “slay” or “tame” or “control” or “whip it into submission” may silence its overt displays, they cannot transform it into true security or peace. In fact, when overt displays of fear are silenced, its subtler, less conscious forms are forced to surface (e.g. anger, irritability, compulsions, physical illness), wreaking just as much havoc, and in many cases, more than overt fear itself.
You can’t scare the hell out of anyone. You can only scare it into them.
- I believe trust is the antidote to fear’s effects.
Trust is the opposite of fear, and has its inverse effects. Where fear separates, trust brings together. Where fear blurs and enmeshes, trust clarifies and untangles. Where fear disconnects us from compassion, trust ignites and re-engages us with it.
Fear hardens, breaks, tightens, and embrittles.
Trust softens, strengthens, emboldens, e x p a n d s.
Trust is not blind reliance on everyone or everything, but rather a posture toward people and life that assumes good can come from, and may be infused in, all things. It assumes that life is a benevolent and mysterious teacher, and that there isn’t a person, a circumstance, or even death itself that can diminish the goodness available to us when we open to it.
- I believe trust-tending is a choice.
No matter the cards we’ve been dealt, no matter the personality, wounds or life experiences we carry, we are not destined to a fearful, hopeless, or even agnostic story. We can’t know definitively whether life is worth trusting, but we can consciously turn our bodies, minds, and spirits toward the possibility of life’s deep goodness and move, with large or small and faltering steps, in that direction.
Trust-tending itself is not an obligation, nor is it a “should”. But those who choose it as a practice walk lives rich in hope, joy, wonder, and increasing peace.
- I believe trust can be powerfully cultivated by small steps over time.
Though nourished by daily choices, trust is not best grown by force of will. (See #2 above. Bullying our fears into trusting is oxymoronic.)
Instead, trust is best tended like a garden. Start cultivating anywhere (in a relationship, a hobby, a vocational pursuit) and watch, with time, the wonders that ensue.
Like towering trees that started out as seeds, trust grows.
- I believe trust and fear can coexist.
Though trust is fear’s opposite (and feels really good in isolation), the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Human hearts (and egos…) are complex, and capable of holding both simultaneously. Our bodies are, too.
Our challenge is to act from our trust, rather than our fear – to consciously put trust in our driver’s seat, again and again and again (and again). The more we do this, the more it happens instinctually as fears arise.
- I believe tipping points can happen, where trust increases exponentially.
As with those who meditate, those who cultivate trust can experience huge spurts of growth, where fear-based patterns and beliefs seem to fall away and open out into new vistas of trust. These are periods where the slog-slog-slogness more typical of the practice bursts into “A-has!” and the feeling of getting downloads from the universe.
These aren’t the norm and even those who experience them experience far more periods of incremental growth, over time. But they do happen.
- I believe trust is contagious.
When you tend trust, you’re never alone. The seeds of trust you personally tend (in your thoughts, your writings, your work, your relationships, and your lifestyle, in what you create) affect everyone: your partner, your kids, your friends, your colleagues, policy-makers, and the bagger at the grocery. They create powerful ripples that make tangible differences in the world we’re all creating.
On the flip side, when your trust wavers and your fears loom large, spending time in the presence of those whose trust runs deep is a powerful form of self AND world care.
In the presence of trust, we are like flowers, opening toward sun.
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And how do I know that trust is my word for 2015? Well, after praying about it, I received three or four messages about trust.
The first was from Unveiled Wife, “Please help me trust You and in Your timing.”
The second was from The Daniel Plan, “Have you ever stopped to think about how you develop a vibrant, life-giving relationship with God? The same way you develop any other relationship. It takes time, it takes talking, and it takes trust.”
The third was reading the bible this morning; I was led to two passages:
The first being Psalm 32:10:
Psalm 32:10 NIV
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
The second being Psalm 17:7b:
Psalm 17:7 KJV
7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
Well, I now kind of expect 2015 to be even more difficult – Satan does not want us actively trusting God, or ourselves or having any sort of confidence in who God created us to be. And if this is where God is leading me, and my family, then Satan is going to battle this.
But, God is on my side – and He will give us the rest we need and the strength to fight.
And so I will learn to trust…