I am not jaded; I am a realist. And I am human, which gives me the authority to write on this topic. These are the reasons why you should not put your faith in people:
1. We will idolize whatever is nearest and dearest to our hearts: money, children, a spouse, ourselves, celebrities, fame, reputation.
Idols differ depending on the person. What we consider important will dwell within our soul. If you’ve placed your faith in a particular person – and the feeling isn’t mutual – you can be sure you’ll be let down. What comes second or third on a totem pole will always take a back seat to that something which is considered more important.
2. We run our mouths.
The tongue is the sharpest sword you’ll ever come up against. With just a few words, a person’s reputation can be lost, never to be regained. About a year ago, Adam Grant, LinkedIn Influencer, published a post about Gossip (and why people ought to). In a nutshell, he asserts that gossiping about others – especially for good reason, such as to serve as a warning mechanism – is a good thing. He says, “gossiping is a way to get a leg up on others. It carries a veiled threat: if you cross me, I’ll spread bad news about you too. And by putting others down, we signal that we’re superior — and that we have access to privileged information.” Apparently this message was well received. It was viewed over 100K times and liked 509 times.
But one doesn’t have to read a post on LinkedIn to know that people can’t seem to keep their mouths shut. As so plainly written in Adam Grant’s post, we’ve even learned to rationalize gossip. To save our own skin, we’ll throw another under the bus. Make no mistake.
3. Our ultimate pursuit is to get ahead, not to ensure the happiness of others. We look out for #1, striving for the top, and will trample on others to ensure we get there. We seek money, reputation, fame, notoriety. The pursuit of happiness is the goal of the seeker, whatever that happiness is determined to be.
4. We are disrespectful, and usually to the ones whom we love the most.
The people you hold in high regard – more than likely – couldn’t care less about you. Does Taylor Swift or Donald Trump even know your name? What have either done for you lately?
And what about you? What sort of respect do you show to your mother and father? To your elders? To the people who have shaped and molded you into the person you are today? Do you listen to them and heed their warnings? Do you ask for their advice?
5. We plot. We murder. Many of us are sick, twisted and corrupt. At our core, we are all capable of horrific things. We’d kill for our children. We are vengeful. And it is easily veiled. Can you really tell who a person is on the inside? In Peter Andrew’s photographic work entitled, 160 Girls Project, he illustrates the atrocities of familial rape.
6. We are lustful: driven by sex.
It seems rare nowadays to see a female child in age appropriate clothing. We spend our nights watching reality TV and our days socializing about it. Many of us can remove ourselves from the images and sentiments, but the majority of us don’t want to. Outward beauty defines us as a person, ranks us in society, regulates our very existence.
7. We are greedy as well as lazy.
We want what we cannot obtain for ourselves, and what we do have, we hoard. We steal from others, rather than earning for ourselves — it’s easier that way. We hold on to what we’ve amassed because we do not trust in God to provide. You’ll not find exemption from thieves or compassion for your plight from the wealthy.
8. We lie.
We are willing to be dishonest to become rich, to fit in, to maintain calm waters. Lisa Firestone documented in the Huffington Post, “people lie in one in five of their daily interactions” and that, “we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times per day.” Very rarely will you hear the truth when you need it, and if you do, are you willing to hear it?
9. We’re jealous. We envy personae, environments, possessions, people, health, wealth, knowledge and relationships. One cannot speak on the matter of contentment without first having it themselves.
People will let you down because they are sinful. Do not put your faith in man. Our very nature prevents us from being consistently helpful, loving, kind and merciful.
Real beauty can only be found on the inside. A child of God is loved wholly and completely, and is pure, without stain or blemish.
Only the power of the Holy Spirit can and will motivate us. God has given everything to us. If He’ll provide homes for the birds of the air, won’t he faithfully protect and provide for His children?
There is no covering of Truth in God’s Word; all is spelled out for the sake of our salvation.
To be content is to trust in the Lord our God, to seek His will and to reside under His arms. Happiness is seeing your forgiven self thru the eyes of the Lord.
God is the only Good. The only Truth. He seeks vengeance and justice. God’s love and forgiveness transcends the worldly filth that is our collective sin. How he sees beyond the smog is beyond me, but I rest easy most nights knowing that He is in control.