Pentecost 103

Pentecost 103
My Psalm 103

Trust

It came about because of a slow elevator. The year was 1961. Most Broadway musicals used the familiar Tin Pan Alley style of song which Mew York had made popular. However, composer Bob Merrill had elected to use French folk songs for the new musical he was scoring. AsS they developed the musical, the director and librettist would visit Merrill each afternoon to work. Usually they left with much unfinished. One day, remarking on the slow response of the elevator, Merrill bragged he could pen a tune before the elevator arrived. The other two men took him up on his boast. The result was the opening tune for the musical “Carousel”. “Love Makes the World Go Round” has been covered every decade since. It is a great song but I think they got it wrong. I believe trust makes the world go round.

Trust is that assurance in someone or something that we believe to be true. Trustworthiness is an adjective that has proof of being but the noun trust and the verb trust are much more aesthetic, more of an iffy proposition. Some philosophers even debate if trusting another is a rational act.

In a joint study conducted by Cornell University, Northwestern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, four behaviors were identified that would indicate a person should not be trusted. The study described these behaviors as clues when taken within the context of personal interactions in a variety of settings. Leaning away from the other person, crossing one’s arms in a closed or blocked manner, touching one’s face, torso, or other body part, or clenching, rubbing, even touching one’s hands were all seen as indicators of questioned reliability.

In the today’s plethora of nonhuman communication, trust issues are even more prevalent. Who can we trust and how do we establish that? Leadership and business consultant Stephen Covey believes “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” Without trust, nothing happens.

I could list multiple current events that support the need to develop trust. Residents in Ferguson, Missouri are still distrusting of their law enforcement agencies. Radical Islamic militants are killing US citizens because they distrust the US government; indeed, they distrust any group, person, or thing supporting basic human rights. First, though, we need to understand that trust begins at home.

Golda Meir tells us the first step for making trust a reality. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Often we lack self trust. Without it, we cannot make decisions to trust others. Creating an identity we can trust is a challenge for each of us, no matter our age or status. Even the great Isaac Newton admitted he had trouble doing this. “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

There are no magic pills one takes to establish trust. You simply decide whether to do it or not and then once it is given, work ot keep it. We each have our own set of standards by which to judge worthiness for trust. Is it worth it? Absolutely! To trust is to rest easy. When we allow ourselves to have the confidence to trust, we open the world up and discover the beauty of it. Will trust ever be broken? Yes, undoubtedly, but the pain of it can be a step to greater discovery and future trust, deeper trust, will flourish.

Pope Francis stated: “Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.” Without trust, all possibilities of and for the future vanish. With trust, one can move forward and possibilities for success are endless.

Trust creates a sense of community and is the first step towards peace. One’s trust in one’s self conveys to an inclination to trust others. Trust in one’s belief system, one’s faith and/or a deity makes for a calmer, more capable individual. Trust really does make the world go round! When we trust our faith, ourselves, our friends, and world neighbors, love will erase our fears and we will all live fully, resting easy in the embrace of our beliefs.

My Psalm 103

We sing your praises, O Being of all!
All of nature revels in your glory;
Shines in your love;
Speaks of your presence!
We trust in your being
Because you trust in us.
You give us life and entrust us with the life of the world.
May be glorify that trust and share it.

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