‘Like A Moth To The Flame’ – Loyal and Trustworthy
Being loyal and trustworthy has always been seen as an indicator for good character. To be able to establish a level of rapport with someone where they feel you can be trusted is a valuable and yet intangible gift. Many people look for it today, although they may not always ask specifically for it. They may say they are looking for confidentially, discretion, tact, etc but the bottom line is can you be trusted with sensitive things? Things that have a moral principle, or ethical principle around them? Do you know how to differentiate between what can be said and what should not be said? What is open for sharing and what is not for sharing? Do you respect another persons property as if it were your own?
Do you know how to differentiate between what can be said and what should not be said?
I have always loved the story of Joseph. For me, his gift is always focused on from the point of him being a dreamer, a man able to both dream and interpret dreams, but I have always seen him as a skillful and trustworthy business man. Yes, he could interpret dreams but it always fascinated me that where ever he went from Potifar’s House, to the prison he was sentenced to, and then to Pharaoh’s Palace, he was always given the keys and entrusted with running the place. Why was that? What was it about Joseph that his employers and jailers saw, that made them feel ‘I can trust you?’ Even when convicted (incorrectly mind you) of a crime, he was seen as trustworthy?
Something about Joseph oozed trustworthiness and along with this he was a fantastic business man because he ran Potifar’s home, the prison and the Palace efficiently. He was meticulous, he made things run like a clockwork, and he did not give things away for free. He knew how to plan, he understood the value and worth of things hence during the famine everyone had to buy the grain that had been so wisely stored and accumulated during the boom years. The purpose being it was to support people during the famine years but not at the cost of the Nation. Egypt still grew during a time of scarcity.
He was loyal too. His principles were based on his faith, in spite of the challenges in his life and the rejection of his family in his younger years he had a value system that he lived by and his external environment, no matter how difficult did not make him change.
Being a good steward over things that have been entrusted to you whether its tangible assets like a business or sharing in something that is personal, is an admirable quality and always has its place in life. We all need people who are trustworthy. Its important and it makes or breaks relationships every day.
We see and hear of peoples trust being broken all the time both in the media as well as in relationships around us. Some may say ‘its not easy finding people you can trust.’ How many people would you comfortably give your keys to today whilst you were away?
Once upon a time, trust was very much part of the communities we lived it. There was a respect for your neighbours and those around us. In England people would leave their front doors open without fear and the street was where all the kids would play with the minimal amount of fear. Today, that view has changed. People are more isolated, weary and guarded.
At the end of the day as with anything there are no guarantees. The only person you can really vouch for is yourself. So are you the loyal and trustworthy type? Do you know how rare you are, because apparently you are not easy to find?
Be like Joseph, that in spite of life”s challenges and difficulties stay true to yourself and your trusting code. Trustworthiness is a strength worth adhering to no matter what.
Be the change you want to be. Until next time.
Aquene7 – Peace