According to our Noah Webster’s Dictionary, 1828, the definition of trust is: confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle of another person.
Based on that definition, if we trust everyone, we will be deceived. If we trust no one, we will be very lonely. Oh, that last bit was bad. Apologies, I couldn’t think of anything else.
We’re always bombarded by everyone else’s opinions 24/7, and we sometimes do not stop listening for long enough to actually have a thought of our own. People sway this way and that way, depending on where their admiration lies at any given moment.
I personally am a cynic and tend not to believe anything anyone says at first. The important word there is “tend”. Of course, I trust certain individuals, and thus, I do sometimes believe something someone has said without checking it. It’s actually quite a dilemma. No one has the time or the inclination to read about everything, check everything, and question everything they hear.
It’s why praying for wisdom is so important to me. I depend on God’s leading me at all times, even though I am not aware of His leading many times. I ask for wisdom and I trust that God gives it to me. He is the only One worthy of our full trust and He said He would give us wisdom if we ask for it. In Him is all knowledge and understanding.
For those people who put their full trust in another human being without ever doubting, I pity them, because they’ll have to realize or find out at some point that people can’t be trusted. Human are great and most of them do their best, but they’ll definitely fail you at some point.
You have to approach your trust in another human being knowing that they are human and therefore flawed. And you accept their failings just as you ultimately have to accept your own failings. And you love them and you build them up, just as you would want someone to come alongside you and do the same.
And I guess that’s the end of that.