Trust still important in troubling times


Whom do you trust? Just pick up the quarter coin and on the left of the image of George Washington you can read “In God We Trust.”

 The founding fathers of the United States had a strong belief in God. They included words about trust in our country’s documents.

In our youth, we learned whom we could trust — parents, relatives, teachers, preachers, neighbors, friends, coaches, scout leaders and the list goes on endlessly.

 Suddenly, something happens. Our trust is betrayed. During our dating years, we learn to trust that special someone. Oops! The relationship goes downhill. Trust is lost.

 Marriage results in vows that bind two persons in a covenant of trust.  Trust is earned, not given.

When I joined the Boy Scouts at age 12, I had to learn the scout laws. Number One: “A Scout is Trustworthy.” To really trust, I had to be obedient, follow the rules and build a relationship.

 Famous football coach Lou Holtz recently released a book “Three Rules for Living a Good Life.”  His message: “Without trust, there is no relationship. Without trust, you don’t have a chance.” The three rules: “Do the best you can. Do the Right Thing. Show people you care — Trust.”

In recent months, we recognized the need to trust doctors, nurses, viral disease specialists, governmental leaders, news broadcasters and internet websites. As we sorted through the 24/7 reports, we wondered whom we could trust. Political campaign messages, social media, photo-shopped images and political action committee messages dampen our trust. 

As we make choices, we can look to the Old Testament Psalm 33: “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”

Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company.  He can be contacted at