Just Trust

I have trust issues.

That's pertinent information because when I tell you I've lived an international, nomadic life for over a decade, that I've eaten pig snouts and given birth in three different countries, that I've adopted a child from a hard place and moved more times than I can count, it sure isn't because I'm the adventurous type.

{Trust me. I didn't find out about the pig nose until after the fact, if you know what I mean.} I look back over my life and don't see big choices. No jumps or leaps of faith. What I see are small little choices every day. 

 Over time, those little choices to trust add up. Seeds becomes trees. Years become legacy.

Success isn't measured in terms of what we DO but how we TRUST.

 So often we want to measure our significance, value, and contribution in terms of the BIG things. We evaluate ourselves and others based on results we can see. 

But in John 6:28-29, some people asked Jesus what they should do to do the works of God. They wanted the big things. I imagine they wanted to please God and wow people. 

And Jesus answered them, This is the only work God wants from you: Believe. 

You see, the work of believing God is the greatest work of all. It prompts and enables all the others. I wish I had learned this sooner in my Christian life. 

We can never evaluate our value, significance, or worth on what we DO... only on how we trust. Romans 14:23 says that whatever is not done in faith is sin. Whether or not we act in trust is more important than the results we accomplish. 

For the mom, it means that trusting God to give you the strength to serve your family just one more hour is SIGNIFICANT. 

For the person who just blew it, it means trusting God's grace is sufficient for you to get back up again is SUCCESS. 

For the woman taking the risk to love again, it means trusting God with your heart is a WIN. 

For the spouse in a marriage that's broken, it means trusting God for wisdom and strength each moment of the day is CELEBRATORY.

In a million different ways, making the choice to trust is what makes the score. 

It doesn't take someone special to do big things, it just takes faith in a big God. To me, that is really great news! 

We see this in Abraham. When God called Abram, he was a measly, solitary one. (Isaiah 51:2) He wasn't the Abraham we generally think of: wealthy, blessed, full of life and God's favor, rich in faith, intimate with God. He was none of those things. 

It was through faith that Abram became Abraham, the father of nations. 

That can be our story too. 

God is always issuing the invitation to trust, to move out of ordinary into the realm of extraordinary faith. 

It doesn't have to be big. It doesn't need to be noticeable by others. It just means we say yes to the character and word of God. 

A life of trust is one small yes after the other, minute after minute, day after day. The result is a legacy we can be proud of. 

What step of trust will you take today?  

**I invite you to join me on my Facebook page for the next 40 days. Like my page and each day, we'll look at one promise to trust God for. I challenge you to see what a difference 40 days of trust can make in your life!  
arabah headshotArabah Joy is a missionary and wife to Jackson, and mom to four frog-loving, scooter-toting kids. She and her family live on the 26th floor of a high rise somewhere in Asia. She is author of several books, including  Trust Without Borders, a gentle spiritual guide to living a life of trust. She loves connecting with readers on her blog at www.arabahjoy.com.

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    1. So glad this encouraged you sister :)

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  2. A legacy...I love that idea. Marcus and I often talk about how we are changing what legacy we leave our children, and their children, and so on. No longer a legacy of divorce, abuse, etc - but a Godly legacy, a legacy of faith - and that begins with trust and belief. Believing God - not just 'in Him' - but believing Him.

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    1. Amen, Aimee! That is wonderful. Keep pressing into Jesus and laying down that legacy of faith. Love you girl!

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