Trust is confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence. The word “trust” gets batted around often in our daily interactions; “do you trust your politicians? do you trust your best friend? do you trust your spouse?
It starts with me. Am I trustworthy? Would you trust your life with me? Would you trust your financial savings with me? Would you trust your deepest secrets with me? If you were to answer “yes, unconditionally”, then I should probably call you a fool.
Although I am a child of God, I am still suffering the human maladies of greed, pride, and covetousness. Although I am not who I used to be, I am not yet perfected into what my Higher Power wants me to be. God’s example, Jesus, sets the perfection bar to be reached. That bar is high, it will never be reached in this lifetime, but, it is the goal I seek despite my humanness.
In our recovery programs, specifically AA, trust is an important facet. I trust the principles of my program which are set forth in the 12 steps, I trust the conscience of the fellowship, and I, without reservation, trust the Higher Power which I understand. Sometimes, I extend unmerited trust to friends forgetting that they are also subject to the vagaries of our human condition.
That trust can be betrayed. It is painful, it is emotional, it is often taken as a reason to withdraw from the fellowshipping which is my lifeline to sanity and sobriety. In these times I must remember that I control nothing. I am putting in the footwork, planning the action, but, do not control the results. A friend’s betrayal of my trust should not trash my personal serenity.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Trust is a cornerstone of my faith. Faith is my hotline to God. I need the blessed assurance of the trustworthy Comforter and Counsellor to keep that line of communion open.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6