Today in the Tuesday Chatter Cafe
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Reena’s Exploration Challenge Week 9
The current news about those who have “power” and how they use that power to take advantage of others has Reena exploring trust.
I am a pretty trusting person…until I am not. I have not been abused or taken advantage of like the women in the news reports. The abuse of my trust has been more of lies, secrets exposed, and gossip. I think most of us have experienced these types of betrayals at one time or another. I have been fortunate that the people who mean the most to me, those I love, have not deliberately hurt me this way. When it has happened I could forgive and let it go because we share the same heart. When trust has been broken by acquaintances or casual friends I have forgiven but not forgotten and remain wary of them.
As for the issues reported in the media recently, this seems a whole different matter. There are people that have “power” in their world and use that power to abuse and take advantage of those they believe are without power, those they think of as underlings and without resources or support.
These “powerful” people are simply cowards. They have no courage or heart, preying on those they think are below themselves. They are slithering about in the underworld of darkness. They feel safe and strong in the dark. That is why their acts are always secret and hidden. Light exposes their weakness and makes them afraid not just of the possible consequences of their actions but also for others to see them for who and what they are in reality.
It makes me angry not only that someone thinks they are entitled to take whatever they want from others by negating basic moral behavior but also that those who are mistreated and harmed are made to think they have to accept that the abuser’s behavior is somehow permissible and tolerable. We need to be strong in our stand against the reprehensible acts of men (and women) who do deplorable things and have no conscience.
Okay, I have to stop now…this is just too upsetting.
When he got to the early morning meeting all the officers were already seated at the large conference table waiting for him, the favorite son. In spite of the solemn expressions and the obvious discomfort of those attending, he felt in control, confident, sure of his place at the table. The meeting was immediately brought to order by the Chairman of the board, with little discussion and no time wasted it, the meeting was over. The trust was gone, he was broke, he was wasn’t the favorite son anymore. He left the conference room a different man, still confident, but no longer in control, and feeling free for the first time in his life.
Now that I am a woman of a certain age peer pressure means little to me.
There is rarely any peer pressure to bend to…or not to bend to.
Especially at work where I am old woman of the crew.
I work in the office of a retail store.
I am the only person other than the owner and his wife who works in the office.
I do my thing they do theirs. So, no pressure happening there.
The sales staff does their thing and I do mine.
I do my be best to be a good support person for them.
I trust them to do what they need to do and they trust me to do my part.
They don’t pressure me I don’t pressure them.
Sometimes they think I should do something that I think they should do
and sometimes it is the other way around.
Somehow it all works out without pressure from me or them.
Although, there is the occasionally long sigh through gritted teeth.
Then there are the delivery guys.
No pressure from them.
They pretty much just ignore everyone.
So, basically to avoid peer pressure at work
Like and trust each other in spite of your differences.
Be the oldest one on staff–even better be older than the owner/boss.
Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, Mary Southerland
This is a thoughtful and interesting book written by three women as a devotional and bible study. The authors are Girlfriends in God. They share stories from their lives openly in an engaging and conversational way. Almost like talking with your girlfriends. Their stories tell you about who and what they are about, and more importantly, about the One they trust.
In a twelve week format, each week has five devotionals that start with a truth from scripture, then a short thoughtful devotion, and ends with a prayer. The sixth day is the bible study part. There are questions for reflection and space to write your own thoughts and insights. The devotions seem light and easy reads until you get to the questions the Girlfriends in God ask. The reflections of day six are, at least for this reader, heavy-duty, thought-provoking, sometimes very difficult questions to ponder.
I found the devotions were short enough to read in just a few minutes yet left me with much to think about; where I have been, where I am, and where I want to be in my experience of trusting God. And as I said, the study part takes some work. Work worth doing.
The book can be read simply as a devotional or you can include the sixth day “Now It’s Your Turn” as a bible study. However you decide to use Trusting God, as a personal time with God, sharing with a friend or prayer partner, or in a small group study you will learn a lot about yourself and why you can trust God.
Trusting God was sent to me free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomahin exchange for this review.