I am in a predicament. There are two simple facts. I did not trust the processes I know are truth filled. I did not trust the authenticity of the individual involved. The problem is not permanent. I can and am taking the necessary steps to establish the right processes. I have acknowledged my failure as well as my faith.
It is a pattern that I find repeated far to often, by others as well as myself. The first mistake lies in my arrogance of not trusting truth. At the heart of truth is the principle that process is always more important than outcomes. Center to the heart of every process is a required element of integrity shaped by honesty, trust, and candidness. Prevarication has no place is this framework. Sliding by on the edges does not belong in the same thought process. Hedging ones bets by manipulating others is not consistent with the Spirit.
The second failure directly magnifies the first. I doubt the authenticity of others. Supposition, conjecture, and even creative imagination lead me to conclusions that are grossly unfair. In any other setting, words like bias, bigotry, and arrogance would describe my reaction. Yet when it is personal, one often justifies one's action by the interpretation of a tone, implication of a manner, or fear of what might follow.
It takes courage to walk into the unknown, trusting those around you and the process. It takes courage to walk with God. In both scenarios, one's faith is crucial. This is exactly what God was talking about to a previous generation. “If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don't use my holy day for personal advantage, if you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God's holy day as a celebration, if you honor it by refusing 'business as usual,' making money, running here and there-then you'll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I'll make you ride high and soar above it all. I'll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob. Yes! God says so!” (Isaiah 58.13, 14)
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