BY REV. CORY KEMP |
How trustworthy are you?
I ask this question, not as a challenge, but as an opportunity for you to consider your own self-awareness, how you see yourself and how you act from that perspective. And, I’m offering this as a place to have a conversation with yourself, rather than draw other people in for their reflection, experience or advice.
If you are still with me, here we go.
When you decide to shift out of an old habit and create a new one, how often have you followed through on your choice and stuck with it?
Your old way may have been drinking two cups of coffee in the morning, and you simply wanted to only have one cup of coffee instead.
Maybe your shift was bigger, part of a pattern you were dismantling that took a bit more practice, like reorganizing your day to complete your work 30 minutes earlier and get home sooner to spend more time with your family.
Whatever you have brought to mind, how do you feel about your trustworthiness in yourself for things that matter to you in small or larger ways?
There is no trick here, nor is there any reason to feel badly if you have let yourself down by not following through in the way you intended. This is human. What is pretty wonderful is that you can forgive yourself and try again.
The Moravian Daily Texts watchword for the week is Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act,” may be familiar to you. I love its brevity, as well as its inherent timeliness for each of us when times feel tough or get tough. This one simple scripture also holds tremendous power for you to change your life in three steps if that is what you want to do.
Step One: Commit your way to the Lord. If you want to do something different in your life, simple or more complex, what does that look like and why do you want to do it? Commit your new way to God.
Step Two: Trust God. The level of trust you have in yourself may vary and waver. Asking God’s assistance in small and large actions you want to take means you are opening your trust to reflect your faith that God is More and capable of helping you be more.
Step Three: God will act. This is an important step, paying attention for and receiving God’s action in your life that is meant for you. Have you considered that God acts on your behalf?
Trust is a powerful faith word you can practice every day. There is a mutuality component every time you use it, expressed in the inner dialogue you are having with yourself, and in how you are expanding that awareness of communication with God, who is always surrounding you with love and support in any way that you need.
God is always trustworthy when you show up, ask, and are willing to receive.
About the author
The Rev. Cory L. Kemp is founder and faith mentor with Broad Plains Faith Coaching. Cory, employing her signature Handcrafted Faith program, supports ordained and lay women leaders in visualizing, understanding and strengthening their beliefs, so that they may know, love and serve God and their communities with generosity, wisdom, and joy.
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