In my work with college-aged students, I frequently get asked the question, “How can I trust people more?” And, while I’m no expert, I have learned some thoughts and suggestions over the years myself that I typically offer to them as a means of encouragement. Not long ago, however, a student asked me a much harder question – one that I had difficulty answering initially. This student asked me, “Why trust people?”
The student was not interested in learning about how to trust people until having a decent reason why we should trust people in the first place. The longer I spoke with the student, I realized the importance of the question (and the inadequacy of my answers). After the conversation, I was left with some questions of my own. I felt convinced that we ought to trust other people, but I had a hard time articulating why.
So, after a few days of processing and doing some quick research, these are three basic principles that I realized. Hopefully they can be helpful as we each seek to answer this question for ourselves. Continue reading Trusting Others
This is a picture of the Elah Valley where David stood and fought Goliath. When David first happened upon the situation, he was appalled that someone would dare blaspheme the name of the LORD – no matter how big and strong he was. Though all of Israel was afraid of Goliath (including the King), David was undaunted. Though his oldest brothers mocked and disrespected him for showing up, David did not stop asking why no one was standing up to Goliath. Even when King Saul was made aware of David’s strong words, he told David that he was incapable of fighting the giant. Continue reading Avoiding Heart Failure