May 12, 2020

Community Is . . . Trust

Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

—  Proverbs 13:20

Like many of us, Torre has some friends that she can count on and can share anything with. They stand out in her life because they have shown that they are trustworthy. Although she spends time with other people too, she chooses to remain close and build relationships with the ones she can trust. The more she gets to know them and lets them get to know her, the closer to them she grows. This includes adult mentors and her parents, who have been there for her in difficult times.

Proverbs tells us to build relationships with wise people rather than foolish ones. Wise people know how to listen and to keep promises. They know how to protect confidential information. They are the people who love us and who want what is best for us. They are also the people who help us use our gifts and abilities and allow us to be who God created us to be.

Who are your companions? Are they people who are untrustworthy? Are they people who don’t look out for your best interests or even harm you?

Or are they people you can trust? Are they people who love you for who you are and who God made you to be? These are the wise people you want to be close with in life.

Father, please put people in our lives whom we can trust. Help us to avoid foolish ways and to help everyone find wisdom, which comes only from you. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Bret Lamsma

Bret Lamsma is Director of Faith Formation at First Church in Denver, Colorado, and has served churches in Michigan and California in youth, emerging adult, inter-generational, and educational ministries. Bret and his wife, Julie, have two children, and he enjoys hiking, disc golfing, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

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