Friday, August 1, 2014

Confianza

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Our title, Confianza, is a Latino word that can be translated as confidence or self confidence, usually including an underlying mutual reciprocity.  Whether there's a spoken or unspoken agreement between two parties, there's an understanding that each can safely act in certain ways allowed by the reciprocal agreement.  Each will protect the right of the other to do so.

I recently had to find a new doctor in the health system I use.  The one I had gone to had left.  The things that went into making my choice highlighted some things for me.  Come see what I mean.


In selecting a doctor, of course, credentials are important.  We all want someone competently trained.  To compare it to the spiritual realm, we want someone called to medicine who then is qualified by the education.  We don't want someone qualified by education who is still looking for their calling, which might not be medicine.  That's what makes our relationship with God work so well.  He creates the calling, then gives us the qualifications to do it.  We're "all in" before we have to think about whether we can do what God wants us to.  And, by then, we already can see God covering us.  Confianza.

The second thing I look for in a doctor is confidence.  It doesn't take long to figure out if a doctor is bulling his way through something or not.  And it's easy to see if he doesn't trust his own judgement. We don't want a doctor who asks for our symptoms, then asks us to suggest what we think he should do.  We look for someone comfortable with their quallifications as an MD, knows he's called to what he's doing, and has the capacity to blend qualifications and calling together.  Confianza.

Our relationship with God works that way, too.  We learn to recognize who God is and what He does for us.  We also see that what God does comes out of who He is.  We can perceive that God's own calling and qualifications are blended together by His nature and love.  Confianza.

There's yet another barometer that measures a good "doctor".  John Maxwell has said, “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”.  I was impressed by my new doctor because he browsed through my history, asking questions to clarify things, commenting on some of it.  Solid communication.  I wasn't getting cookie cutter solutions from an uninterested physician. Being human, yes, he might make mistakes.  We all do.  But I was watching someone who cared about giving me his best, wasn't so invested in his title that he couldn't change to a different solution if it was to my benefit, and had the confidence to engender my trust in his decisions.  Confianza.

We get to see that same thing with God.  He's omniscient, so He doesn't need to ask questions. We see in Psalm 119:93, "I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.". God communicates through His Word.  In a way that shows He isn't just throwing cookie cutter precepts at us.  God is interested in us as individuals.  And interested in eliminating our problems. Confianza.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

That verse in Romans talks about faith.  But isn't faith really another way of describing trust?  So what do we trust?  Think of the qualities we've discussed.

  1. Calling -- He's God.  No one is more called than God.
  2. Qualified -- Being God, He's omniscient and omnipotent.  You can't be more qualified than God.
  3. Confident -- Who could be more confident than God?
  4. Caring -- How much more caring can you get than the Cross?  Add to that a great communication system.  The Word to talk to us, prayer to talk to God.  Done right, “To pray is to breathe alongside God.”, according to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Caring and closeness.
Confianza.

There's a problem, though.  There are those who would rather self diagnose and self medicate than see a doctor.  That can be for a number of reasons.  C. S. Lewis described it this way, in Mere Christianity, "Before we can be cured we must want to be cured. Those who really wish for help will get it; but for many modern people even the wish is difficult.".  We all have known someone who was afraid of doctors, pain, needles, etc.  We may even have been like that.  Most often, there have been misrepresentations of doctors and medicine,  or bad experiences of medical practices by those purporting to know what they were doing, or just plain fear of the unknown.

When we have people who never get to see the doctor, whether it be an MD or "the Great Physician", they never get proper diagnosis and treatment.  And they never get to experience Confianza.  If they never get to the office, they never get a full diagnosis and never get a correct solution to the problem.  They never get to see that their interpretation of the possibilities is preventing them from being freed of the issues.

When we share our positive experiences and the truth about them, we give those people a chance at what we have.  Our own Confianza.  Which, in turn, lets others experience it for themselves.  What are we giving and receiving, today?  Are we showing a lack of trust?  Or are we displaying ... Confianza?

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