I once heard someone say, “Behind every man there’s a woman…rolling her eyes.” Have you ever wanted someone to believe in you? Maybe you did something you really regret and you’ve even apologized for it only to realize they still don’t trust you.
Tracey and I have talk with people on a regular basis about forgiveness and reconciliation. What I have come to realize is there are a lot of people that want others to believe and trust in them but they aren’t so quick to do that for others. You’ll talk to them and they are so convincing that they want to do what’s right and yet if you mention someone else’s name all you get is the eye roll. The very ones that are so desperate for others to believe in them are the ones unwilling to do the same for others.
The world is full of hatred, suspicion, paranoia and doubt. On the other hand the Bible tells us “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Sometimes Tracey will run in to people we used to party with in the old days and they will ask “How’s Louie?” She takes the opportunity to tell them “he’s doing well; you know he’s a Bible teacher now don’t you?” Most of the time a look of surprise comes over their face. All they know about me is a partying, wild man so naturally it comes as a shock to hear there has been a change. I’m okay with that because I know the change that has taken place in me is real. If others hang around me for very long they will find that out too.
I suppose what I’m getting at here is if we want others to believe in us then we must believe in them. A sure sign God is working in someone’s life is they believe and have hope for others.
Written by Louie