One Hundred Percent Trust

Jump Off by April Gazmen via Flickr

I had a friend tell me that he was “100% trusting God.” I smiled, and thought to myself, “Boy, I wish I could trust like that, one hundred percent.”

But then I thought, how would I rate myself? Ninety eight percent? Eighty percent? How much trust do I have?

Although I like living in a world of grays and probabilities, trust is black or white, all or nothing. You either trust or you don’t trust. If you jump out of an airplane, you can’t 86% trust that your parachute will open. You either trust and jump, or you don’t trust and stay in the plane.

That’s what trust really is: a choice that determines action. It’s not that you have eliminated any possibility of another outcome: every jumper knows there is a small chance that his chute will fail. But what separates the guy that jumps from the one who stays in the plane is that he has made a conscious decision to act as if the outcome were certain. It is the “leap of faith” that Kierkegaard spoke of: the bridge between logic & life.

You can’t spend your life waiting for a parachute with a “100% Absolutely Guaranteed” to magically appear on your back. There is an area right now in your life where you need to trust, where you need to make a conscious decision to act. Grab your parachute, open the hatch, and jump!

3 comments to One Hundred Percent Trust

  • What a wonderful way to explain trust. It is the simplest of expressions, yet made complicated by humans.

    I love the way you end it “Grab your parachute, open the hatch, and jump!”

    Indeed, that’s what anyone stuck in life must do.

    Thank you for the lovely share, John.


  • Yes, I also love the way you ended this =D
    The moment I prayed to God and surrendered all control, my life gets better each day ^_^

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog especially because I am a walking testament of how AMAZING our GOD is.
    I’ve truly been blessed!!!!

    Have a blessed day, John.
    And thank you very much for crediting my picture!

  • caroline

    i just found this site. and i love it!! thank u for making it easy.

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