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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: ‘TRUST’ as in… Trust is the currency that creates environments for thriving relationships.

Yes, it takes two to tango, but more importantly, it takes two to trust. It is like a dance. Trust is a shared act; we do it together. Healthy trust is a powerful affirmation of connection but also demands vulnerability. Think of it this way: for our relationship to grow, I must be willing to give you my trust, and you, in return, must do the same with me. There is so much mutuality in relationships that creates generous amounts of trust. And in the end, the relationships people enjoy together cannot survive without a common trust.

Think of a relationship that you have that carries a good amount of trust. You’re probably aware that the amount of trust you had to begin with pales compared to the amount of trust you have now. Now, think about all of the things that contributed to the trust you have. Trust grows, and relationships are strengthened with each act of love and service. Love and service are like currency; the more you give, the more you have. And the more you have, the more you’re willing to give. Trust is reciprocal and even, in some cases, contagious.

In that way, then, trust has an exponential element to it. When healthy trust becomes highly visible, it has the power to transform. This kind of trust is what can ultimately transform and enrich whole societies. Trust requires vulnerability. Vulnerability creates compassion. Compassion creates connection.

So, I’m going to trust that God, who breathes life into all of us and aliveness into all things through us, is moving us toward a deeper trust today.

Thriving Reflections:

++ How does trust play a part in your closest relationships?

++ Recall a time when your trust was tested or even broken. How did you manage that experience?

++ What were the healthy movements that helped you through?

++ What one thing will you do to strengthen trust with someone else today?

++ How does the experience of trust help you thrive?



Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts are part of his #100days50words project, where he blogs about a different word each week. You can follow his project on Instagram (@pgauche) or his blog, Thriving Rhythms.


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