I was spending some time yesterday with my good friend, Oswald Chambers .  I feel like I know him, even though he died years before I was even born, but his devotional book lives on and has impacted countless lives.  It’s refreshing to know that the answers to life’s toughest problems don’t change.

I came up with a little drawing that I am very proud of, not because it is a good drawing, but because it is a good visual of the difference between worry, fear and burdens, and trust, faith and peace.  The funny thing is the load doesn’t change that much, but how you carry it totally changes, and that totally changes your life.

The drawing is a picture of a teeter-totter, or a see-saw if you prefer.  On one side is your life’s burdens and the other side is you.  When you are very young you don’t have many burdens and it’s pretty easy to lift the weight.  You may not even know you really have burdens and responsibility.  But as time goes by, the burdens get bigger.  Things like your job, family responsibility, sickness, heartbreak, disappointment and failures start to add up.  Before you know it your feet are off the ground!

Then you learn a few things and you stop being so self-centered.  You start serving your family and your fellow man.  This makes your side of the teeter-totter a little longer, giving you more leverage.  This works great until you get whacked!  (And the fact is, we all get whacked at some time in our lives.)  You may even create a little more leverage by doing things for God and “serving” Him.  That feels great for a while, but it is very tiresome balancing yourself at the end of your side, lifting your burdens and spending so much time serving Him.  And then you learn that serving Him doesn’t keep you from getting whacked.  If anything, it pretty much guarantees you will get whacked in a big way!

And then, just when it seems your feet will never touch the ground again, a quiet voice says to you, “Trust Me, let Me carry your burdens.”  So you step out on your teeter-totter to a part of it you had never seen before, and you put your feet down on the planks of Trust and Faith and you walk towards God.  You realize that serving Him is not about the results you get, but instead just doing what He asks you to and leaving the results up to Him.  Your worry, fear, and burdens begin to melt and become weightless, not because they have gone away, but because you have given them to God.  You finally understand that you still get to do the work, but as long as you are focused on Him you don’t have to worry about the results – He has that covered.

I know there are readers of this blog from all over the world from many different faiths or even no faith.  You might even be wondering why this subject is included in a primarily business blog.  I thought you might like a little insight into what I believe, and why I have so much hope in such a tough time, and why, despite whatever circumstances may be going on, I have so much joy in doing the work because I don’t have to carry the fear and the worry.

(Forgive my bad drawings below!)


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7 Comments on “Trust”

  1. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for sharing what you believe.
    I too believe “as long as you are focused
    on Him you don’t have to worry about the

    P.S. Your drawings made your message
    even more special. Great visual.
    Keep drawing :~D


  2. Karen Says:

    Yes, I loved it all~simple, too the point and cute 🙂

  3. Hey Tom

    Shared a table with you at Entreleadership Cancun…

    It is really great to be able to follow your timely insight. This here is a gem..right on. So many people get caught up in the ‘religion’ and fail to see the true God. His desire to meet our every need, even when we cannot fathom what that is sometimes. When stop being so preoccupied with ourselves, ironically, our purpose becomes more clear. We feel lighter, more focused, more at peace.

    I especially love your artistic display…keep it coming!

  4. Gene Says:

    Thanks for the story about the see saw. That is the lesson, we all learn as we walk with Christ each day. HE wants to be our source of ALL that we need to be HIS hands extended to those HE places accross our paths in the marketplace where we live and work. Jesus ants each of us to be filled with HIS wisdom, for every area of our lives. AS we walk intimately with HIM eac day, He meets with us, He rewards those who seek HIM, and empowers us to be ALL we can be in HIM. He wants to be our burden bearer, all we have to do is to trust HIM. A lesson I am learning every day. HE is ALWAYS FAITHFUL. Praise HIS Name.

  5. Paul Wong Says:

    Dear Tom,

    Awesome encouragement from you again as always. The fears, burdens and worries really do melt away when we just walk towards Him! Whew, I definitely didn’t know what I was thinking traveling with so much unnecessary stuff!

    Also, you’ve gotten me all hungry to revisit good old Osward Chambers again. Thanks!


  6. Catherine Says:

    Thank you…how beautiful in a time when so many seek hatred. We are indeed at war, it is the sign if the times.

    EPH 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

  7. libby Says:

    I love reading the devo also….have used for years and every year I wonder…how did I miss that last year..well I know it depends on where I am sitting on your drawing…Thanks…will use it in the future…Eph 2:8-9

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