Many of us reach a stage when we stop trusting others. A friend of mine lent his empty house free to others whenever they needed it for weddings and other functions, till one day the person he gave it to, didn’t give him back his key till my friend asked for it. Not just that but that same person never came back to thank him.
After that my friend stopped giving his place out and point blank refused people when they came to ask him for its use. He had lost his trust in people. A little later I went back to him saying that somebody who was not very well off needed his place. “Okay Bob,” he said reluctantly, “on your assurance I will give it,” but I knew he wasn’t happy.
I hope and pray that this time his trust in people grows again.
Peter Eldersveld tells of a rich man who had a large company of employees, and many of them owed him money. He was constantly trying to teach them something good, and one day he hit upon a plan.
He posted a notice for his employees to see that said, “All those who will come to my office between eleven and twelve o’clock on Thursday morning to present an honest statement of their debts will have them canceled at once.”
The debtors read the notice with a great deal of skepticism, and on Thursday
morning, although they gathered in the street in front of his office, not one of them went to the door. But finally, at 11:45, one man jumped forward, dashed up the steps into the office, and presented his statement. “Why are you here?” the rich man asked
him. “Because you promised to cancel the debts of all those who would come as you instructed,” the other replied.
The rich man took the bill and marked, “Paid in full,” at which time the poor man, overcome, cried out, “I knew it! I told them so! They said it couldn’t be true, and now I’m going out to show them.”
“Wait,” said his benefactor, “it’s not quite twelve o’clock. The others are not entitled to any special proof of my sincerity.” When the clock struck twelve, the forgiven debtor ran out waving his receipt in the face of his fellows. With a mad rush
they made for the door, but it was too late. The door was locked.
And that is what trust is all about: We can lose a good friendship because we are not willing to trust, or a strong marriage because we are too possessive, a partnership when we are too suspicious.
Be discerning, be wise but learn to put your trust in people again and again.
Doesn’t the story also remind us of a God above, who says, just come to me and all your debts are cancelled?
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