At some point this week, this month or this year, something good will come your way. A promotion, an opportunity, an advancement, a raise, a new relationship, a new level of ‘success’.
What if every time something like that happened, you were to say to yourself: this is a trust.
Not “I deserved it”. Not “I’ve always wanted this.” Not “all that hard work finally paid off.” Not “finally, I’m getting what’s coming to me.” Not even “wow this is cool” (okay, you can say that…just don’t stop there.)
What if instead, we just started saying “This is a trust. I know he didn’t just give it to me for my benefit, he entrusted me with. It’s a trust.”
What’s at stake is whether we believe that life and opportunities are about God, or whether we believe they are about us. Our culture says they are about us. But the scripture would say something different.
If you live like everything that comes your way is directed your way mainly for your benefit, you believe:
- This has come to me mostly for my benefit and the benefit of my family.
- I can use it any way I want.
- It doesn’t matter how I use it, because it’s mine.
If you view things as a trust, you believe:
- God likely didn’t give this to me solely for my benefit.
- I need to use it in the way that best honors God and others.
- It matters how I use it, because it’s not mine and I’m accountable.
I want to get into the habit of viewing all good things that come my way – every opportunity, reward, relationship, ability, advancement and gift – as a sacred trust.
How about you? What do you believe about the good that comes your way? How do you process it? What helps you think this through?