Living within the R of a CRASH life
Reliability brings confidence into your life. The CRASH mindset demands it. When we live out a life based upon reliability, we are reliable to both self and others.
To become reliable means that we can be trusted. When we give our word, it is something that we hold sacred. Our word is our bond and being bonded the way in which we maintain integrity. We live in a world where many fail to live out their life based upon being reliable. We jokingly will say that we can always tell when a politician is lying to us when they are moving their lips. It is almost as if they will say anything to have us simply cast our vote for them, however, in so doing they completely sabotage any trust that we place in them. It is sad that we simply accept this act but imagine if we had true leaders who were reliable in both their word and deed. Trust in them would be restored.
How about you? Are you someone who says one thing yet does another? As a person of faith, the name that we have for this type of person is hypocrite. The word hypocrite comes the Greek work hypokrites that translates as “an actor” or “a stage player.” Greek actors would wear masks while performing and would speak on stage from behind their masks. They would portray one thing, but the reality is that what they were doing was not who they were, it was just an act.
To be reliable in our word and deed is an intentional way in which to live. It is a daily exercise to live out our life with an honesty that will inspire. Words mean things and when we have spoke a word, we cannot have it return. Once we have released a word, we have a clear choice. Did we mean what we said or was that word that was spoken a misrepresentation of what we desired? If the words we spoke were words of action, are we prepared to take that action that was declared or are we simply going to let the moment pass with inaction? Exercising a deed around our words confirms that we are reliable.
As I have already mentioned, I am a person of faith. I have discovered much inspiration through the words that have been provided in Scripture and in the words of the greatest leader the world has known, Christ. In the Gospel of the Book of John, Christ is described as “The Word” and that word existed when time began. That word is the truth and within that truth is reliability. The words that were spoken through Christ affirm that His words were His bond. This bond was only strengthened when He lived out the words, He spoke with the actions He displayed. He was true in both word and deed. In faith, many have placed their trust in Christ not only for His words but more importantly for His deeds. Scripture also instructs us to live our own lives based upon word and deed as when we fail to align both word and deed, we are living a life devoid of meaning.
We must be true to ourselves to live a reliable life. When we fail to be true, we create a web of deceit in which continue to deceive to perpetuate the mistrust that we know exists and only hope is never brought into the light. When we fail to be true to ourselves, we continue to reside within the dark and trying to never allow the light of truth to expose who we really are.
Reliability is a cornerstone upon which we construct our foundation of trust. Failure to place that cornerstone in its proper place means that everything within that foundation can collapse upon itself. That collapse in our life is detrimental to the image we are trying to project. Reliability brings with it trust and once that trust have been violated, it takes more work to regain it than the work that was put into building it initially. When that cornerstone is no longer sturdy, that which is built upon it is in danger of collapse.
There are many things that are reliable in life. There is reliability in knowing that each day the sun will rise and with each day we have an opportunity to lean into what that day has to offer. There is reliability that we can never change the past, but we can certainly learn from it. Placing our life into this context enables us to create a new story of who we are. Our story in unique to each of us and the great stories of life are those in which we know that of consistency, certainty, and reliability. When we fully immerse our lives into reliability, we develop trust and confidence in those who we can connect with.
The hard truths that we know and learn about ourselves enable us to create our life journey. The deep journeys we embark upon allow us to create a life that has meaning.
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