Believe the BestIn Blog, encouragement, truth 4 comments
I have a friend. One time, he did something some people didn’t like.
And now, years later and with long memory, the people have decided he is not a good person and never, no matter how much he comes to the table with a pure heart, do they believe the best about him.
It makes him feel discouraged, labeled, misunderstood.
I have another friend. She is sure of things about her life.
She is sure things are not going to work out, sure that God doesn’t want to use her like He does others, sure that she is never going to be what as a little girl, she always dreamed to be.
It is the human reality that all of us at some time struggle with: to believe the best, if even just about ourselves.
But when we do not believe the best, we really say to God: I do not believe You.
I do not believe people can change, grow or are worthy, unless I deem them to be.
I do not believe only You know the heart – I am wise enough to judge on the same level and hand myself that same power.
I do not believe You make new out of old, breathe life into seemingly dead spaces, have a purpose and a plan for my life and every other.
To choose to not believe the best: this is the stuff of humans. To believe the best even in our unseen, unclear, unknown situations: this is the stuff of God.
God…the Promiser-Maker of all things new, Knower of the heart, Turner of things around, Master Planner for everyone, never throws anyone away, asks us to believe the best because what that really means is we place our faith and trust in Him without trying to put that job in our own hands.
And if that person we are sure will disappoint us, does, we will have honored God by believing the best. And if our life doesn’t turn out to match our dreams, our life will have been beautiful anyway with a hopeful, positive outlook.
Because everyone has past moments we are not proud of. Everyone has been less than faithful, less than honest, less than good. Everyone has at one time, doubted God could or would use us. Everyone has given Him a bad name.
And yet, He keeps on believing the best about us.
Shouldn’t we then, too?
*Conversation: I’m all about God-given discernment and having boundaries with people. That’s healthy. But I think we use our “discernment” and “realism” at times as a crutch/opportunity to really judge others and not be positive about our own future. This post is about that. Is there someone you need to believe the best about? Do you need to believe the best about your own future? What has it felt like when others did not believe the best about you?
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