Friday, April 13, 2012

She is trustworthy.

Proverbs 31:11
Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life. 

Are you trustworthy?

When you speak, are people around you generally unsure if you are being honest with them or can they take you seriously?  Can your friends share the secrets of their hearts with you?  Do people come to you for advice?  Do your loved ones rely on you or do they turn to others when they need help?

Being trustworthy is more than being honest and truthful, although that is certainly a part of it.  The dictionary's definition of trustworthy is:

trustworthy. adjective. deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable. 

Does this description fit you?  In your relationships, have you merited trust and confidence?  Can people depend on you?  Are you reliable? 

The challenge for today and tomorrow will have two parts that are both important in becoming a trustworthy woman of God. 

Today: Be reliable (do not cancel plans; avoid being late).  If you have plans with someone, do not set them aside unless you absolutely must do so.  Try to avoid being late today.  Instead, attempt to arrive at your location five minutes early.  Show the people in your life that you are a reliable friend and that you are making an effort to be dependable in your friendship.    

As silly as it might seem, little things like being on time and keeping your appointments do matter.  Luke 16:10 says, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much."  As you make the effort to show the people in your life that you care about them and that you can be reliable, you will show them that you can be trustworthy in big things as well.  

Haven't you ever been frustrated while waiting on a friend or having to change your plans last minute?  Don't do that to someone else.  Make an effort to be reliable today.

Tomorrow: Keep your words truthful.  Exaggeration and sarcasm can be huge sources of causing others to falter in conversation.  Tomorrow, I challenge you to strive to say what you mean.  Be honest.  

Focus on being completely honest in what you say.  No elaborations.  No exaggerations.  Speak only the truth, just as it happened.

A sense of humor that can often bring others down is sarcasm.  At times, sarcasm can be a kind of humor that is perfectly natural and funny.  However, when you are being sarcastic, do not say things at the expense of your friends.  Do not leave the people around you wondering whether or not what you said was the truth.  After you make a joke, let people around you know you were kidding.  Be wise and think before you speak.
Most young women I meet struggle on a daily basis with gossip.  Part of being reliable and trustworthy is keeping the secrets of those around you.  Tomorrow, I challenge you to not take part in gossip onceIf you hear private information about someone, keep it to yourself.  Be trustworthy in your relationships and conversation.   

If you make a mistake and catch yourself partaking in gossip or exaggerating, make an effort to apologize if the situation calls for it and stop to say a brief prayer, asking God to point your conversation in the right direction. 

A godly woman is trustworthy.  How will you be trustworthy in your life today? 

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