How to Trust More Wisely in the Future

As a general principle, it is both advisable and spiritually beneficial to take a position which is, trusting, not distrusting. Yet trust can be misplaced, and the result of misplaced trust can be disastrous. So we still need to know, what do we trust, or not trust? When it comes to answering that question, we can and should have a certain realism.

  1. To trust everybody, or to trust everybody in all matters, would be dangerous and foolish. Not every person can rightly be trusted with everything. For example, to trust even the most excellent car mechanic with brain surgery would be foolish. It is perfectly okay not to trust individuals in areas in which, for one reason or another, they simply do not merit that particular investment of trust.
  2. It is entirely reasonable to say that there is NO person whom we could trust in all things. Take Jesus, for example. While Jesus is certainly a most “trustworthy” individual, it would be foolish to trust him in the role of a military soldier. In all likelihood, in that role, he might not reliably kill. Thus, even Jesus cannot be trusted for everything.
  3. NO person is utterly untrustworthy or is worthy of distrust in ALL things. Anyone who thinks that any other person is untrustworthy in all things is unrealistically negative, and has gone way overboard in distrust.
  4. Trust SHOULD be invested, WISELY, all human beings — at the heart, at the root, in the overall sense.

In what things can I trust people?

Once you realize that you can’t trust even Jesus in all things, you realize you can’t trust anyone in all things. That brings us right back to the essential question, “What can I trust these people in, and can’t I trust them in?” With respect to any human individual, you can absolutely trust in the following:

  1. That in each person resides great and Godly sensitivity and knowingness: the inner voice of God; the inner knowingness of the soul.
  2. That faithful inner guidance will always work to steer the person in spiritually favorable directions.
  3. Even though every person is free to ignore the inner Divine voice in the short term, in the long run, virtually every person will come around to seeing things God’s way — and will come to live accordingly. It is only a matter of time, and willingness.

Beyond that, what we can trust people for requires careful attention. But, when it comes to the gray areas, it is better to trust than to distrust — because, trust significantly increases the likelihood that trust will be rewarded. Remember: Don’t invest in distrust. Do invest in trust — wisely. Trust in what is worthy of trust, and that trust will work.