If you want something done, you’ve gotta do it yourself! We have all heard these words and have probably spoken them, more than once. Challenges are inevitable when we are part of a team and have to rely on others in order to complete an assignment. Depending on someone else means you must give up some, or all, control. And that’s not easy, especially if you do not trust the person that is taking over. Will they complete their work? If they do, will it be on time or done correctly? They could mess up the whole project and your name is still attached to it. You will share the results, good or bad, success or failure. So worry and stress start to set in, but there is nothing you can do. You are already defeated.
What if, when you finish your part, the person taking over is someone you trust completely? Now it’s a whole new ball game isn’t it? Now you are relieved, relaxed and confident. You are already counting the accolades of a job well done. You have so much confidence in this person, not only do you know his or her work will be impeccable, but he or she might even touch up some of your imperfections. Yes, life is good!
Trust is a peculiar thing. Regardless of the situation, when it is present, it brings confidence and peace. When it is absent, there is fear and worry. When we are involved with others we trust, Yippee!! No trust, Ugg!! We all want to be trusted, but when it comes to trusting others, we say it has to be earned. Trust is a two way street. We have to be willing to trust others if we expect to be trusted. It has to start somewhere. It is like another phrase we have all heard and/or used, “They want someone with experience, but how am I supposed to get experience if no one will hire me?” How are we ever to be trusted if we never extend trust? I am not saying to trust a stranger with your wallet, your house, car and kids, but it has to start somewhere. How about with Jesus? Do you trust Him with your wallet, house, car and kids? Has He done enough to earn your trust? Have you trusted Him in one area, but are struggling to hand over control in another part of your life? When we trust Him completely, we will find that trusting others isn’t so difficult.