The teen service last February 2 was about confidence. First, we investigated the relationship between trust and toothpaste. You trust every day that this gunk is good for your teeth, but how does faith arise, and how do you make your own choice later on? Answer: by trying it out, little bits at a time. You become confident with it.
The next question was: how can you trust someone who you barely know or cannot even see? Answer: by trying it out, with small steps to build on until the relationship feels good and is obvious. It isn’t blind faith that comes suddenly like a bungee jump, but consciously built faith.
Some people use their computer (go to this speed-up-pc.org website to speed your computer) to build relationships but there’s nothing like finding like-minded people in real life though, as I did recently when I was attending a hunger suppressant conference which taught me a lot about the subject. The church is a great example of this. We then did a blind guiding game. One had to lead the blind one over all kinds of obstacles. You had to trust someone you could not see. It takes getting used to. Confidence asks something from you, such as prudence and reliability. As the ultimate in confidence we read in Genesis 22 that Abraham almost sacrificed his son for God. Would you trust your father if he was to do something like that with you?
Yet I asked them for the same: I pulled out of my bag a sharp kitchen knife and told them that I had worked in the circus as a knife thrower. It was a knife like that used by a knife thrower in the Circus. I asked them, “Who trusts me?” It was not a joke and a volunteer offered himself. Blindfolded, he stood and I threw a balloon at his head. The balloon crashed into the third throw! Ask the children how it transpired, as they were filming it with their phones.
Finally: How do you now take those small steps in building trust?
Step 1: You give confidence to someone. Take initiative by starting to trust someone and give the other person the opportunity to be reliable for you. You give your trust, even if you do not always know how well it will go.
Step 2: By faith you receive their trust. You get it and when someone trusts you that will involve a lot of responsibility. So you have to be daring or want to receive it (such as a blind guide to the bus stop).
Why those steps? Trust is vital in order to get things like peace or joy in a game or in intimacy. By faith you receive their trust. You get it and when someone trusts you that will involve a lot of responsibility. So you have to be daring or want to receive it (such as a blind guide to the bus stop).
Why those steps? Trust is vital in order to get things like peace or joy in a game or in intimacy.