[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]rustworthy Principle

Living today you want to considers others at their face value, their words, even know that a handshake is a morality contract to trustfully get each part done of the agreement.  How do you feel about this?

In my everyday life I see 100’s if not 1000’s of people hugging, shaking hands, waving, but are they being sincere or going through a polite motion that our society currently accepts.  There was a time where when you dated a woman there would be a discussion followed by an agreement.  The man would be chivalrous in nature, opening doors, being polite, paying, buying flowers, etc.  Today there is a lot of texting, rarely face to face meetings and when there is, it starts off with ‘did you see that post on …..’, ‘where he/she went to or was doing…’

Why are you being envious of anothers life, sitting on the digital sideline, commenting like a couch coach of life?  I digress.

trustworthinessI am wanting to share about the principle of ‘Trustworthy’

1911-1972 it was written as

Trustworthy. A Scout’s honor is to be trusted. If he were to violate his honor by telling a lie or by cheating or by not doing exactly a given task, when trusted on his honor, he may be directed to hand over his Scout badge.

1972-1990 it was written as

Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

1990-1999 it was written as

Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can always depend on him. [added “always”]

1999-2009 it was written as

Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him. [combined second & third sentences; deleted “always”]

2009-

Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him. [combined second & third sentences; deleted “always”]

There seems to be quite a leap between 1911 and the 1972 versions, one of almost “Shame” if you do not perform by handing over your Scout badge and most likely discharged.  I wonder how many this happened to, did they become great leaders by changing the rules, did they live their lives just fine or did they become street degenerates?

I was in the 1972 to 1990 range, the second version.  This has had a very large impact on my own life in both a positive and negative way.  While at this time many deals and promises were done on handshakes still. Lawyers haven’t hit their stride yet and the government was great at keeping secrets although the hippies gave them a thorn in the side.

Did I always tell the truth, to put it simply, no.  What child wants to get ‘grounded’, which in those days meant one of three things, No TV, Can’t Go OutSide or you Can’t go to your friends house for the weekend.  There was no game consoles, internet or even cell phones.  When I was grounded, which seemed to be alot, I was in my room playing with my legos, dreaming of becoming an engineer, something I had no idea existed or what it was called.  I just knew I wanted to build things.

This is where a mentor in my life would have been very helpful, to guide me through the steps of seeing what my interests were.  That’s another subject.

Was I trustworthy? In the 1972-1990 realm, I believe I was, I wan’t perfect, but I for the most part did what I promised, usually with a decent attitude and was there to help.  I was able to babysit neighbors kids, I took care of a majority of the house and yard work, I stayed away from drugs (not that there was much if all), I didn’t smoke, never drank alcohol till I was 21.  I was dependable and as l grew up, I became more truthful as I discovered remembering stories or lies took much more effort than just telling the truth.  Or as I discovered, only admit part of the truth when asked about specifics.  Hey if they didn’t know the whole story, why not answer ‘Yes’, ‘No’, or ‘I can’t recall’.  BTW, lawyers encourage those 3 a lot now.

A Story of Trustworthy

I was at my niece and nephew’s baptism in the mountains and my brother found a cell phone. It was covered in dirt and the battery was dead, but it had a memory card and a power connection I had an adapter that would fit.  I found out it belonged to a girl in a city not to far away.  I contacted them with the information I found on the phone, told them the story and they were relieved.  I asked them how I can get it back to them and they gave me their address and told me to mail it.  I agreed.  Then I thought, that is only 5 minutes from a meeting I was planning on going to, so I swung by their house a day or two later, knocked on the door and they were shocked to see me.  I told them about the meeting and since they were distraught about their daughter loosing her ‘digital lease’ it was just as easy for me to drop it off.

Was this the right thing to do?  I think so.

This has been my life, I have always returned things in better shape than borrowed, made sure kids were safe and followed common sense rules, as in treat others like you want to be treated. (Matt 7:12 & 6:31)

What does being trustworthy mean to you?

Tell me your story below on how you have demonstrated trustworthiness.

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