Story of the day:  When people you trust, let you down.

There have been times in my life, where people that I have been close to, and have trusted greatly have let me down.  I would have to say that it is tough to swallow, and maybe a little disappointing.  Then I start to think about the times that I have let others down, because I am not perfect, and how it may have effected them.  You see, sometimes we put people into a perfect category and when they let us down, it is then harder to take.  It is harder to take because we have placed high expectations on them and have set them so high up there, that we forget how easy it is to fall and make mistakes.

I am reminded of a Peanuts comic strip, written by William M. Nieporte, where “on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class.  In her essay Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it’s good to get back to school.  There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.”

Needless to say, the teacher was pleased with Lucy and complimented her fine essay.  In the final frame, Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while, you learn what sells.” The temptation to say, “what sells,” what others want to hear whether it is true or not, is always with us.”  In the eyes of the teacher, Lucy was trustable, but to Charlie Brown, he knew from that point that Lucy was just saying what the teacher may have wanted her to say.  The teacher placed her trust in Lucy to write honestly, yet Lucy did so in a way that if the teacher found out, would disappoint the teacher.

I am not saying to never trust people, I am saying that our trust in people shouldn’t be connected to a pedestal where we may tend to place them, because this is the fastest way to be disappointed or let down.  Instead of completely placing your trust in man or relying solely on man, we should be placing our complete trust in God for everything!  As our pastor so greatly said, “He is your Everything!” He will never let you down, and He won’t, because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He doesn’t move, He doesn’t change, and you can always count on Him for everything! Anytime that I have become disappointed, hurt, or upset when people let me down, I have to ask myself this question, “Am I placing way to much expectation on this person and not enough on God?  Whenever I place my expectations so high on people and not on God, I am going to be easily disappointed.  I also have to remember to have a forgiving heart.  How many times has my Heavenly Father trusted me with things and then I mess up?  Was He disappointed, yes absolutely, yet He was quick to forgive me and let me try again.  That’s the great thing about God,  no matter how many times I let Him down, He is quick to forgive me, where man sometimes doesn’t easily forgive.

Quote of the day:  William Arthur Ward

“We are most like beasts when we kill.  We are most like men when we judge.  We are most like God when we forgive.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:1

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that this life will bring disappointments.  I know that placing others on a pedestal and completely trusting in them only sets me up to be disappointed.  Father, let me not place people so high up there, that I am losing sight of You, for like me, they aren’t perfect.  I will place my trust completely in You, for You are my everything, and You won’t ever let me down.  Father, You are my protector, my shield in this life, and I know that I can face any situation or difficulty because You are always with me, and You never leave me.  I pray to follow the path that is so lit before me and may I overcome any let downs that may be tossed my way, just as Jesus overcame this world.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Comments
  1. Leslie says:

    Great quote, I really needed this.

  2. cole says:

    i was let down by a brother. i loved the quote!

  3. Nadia says:

    This prayer was AMAZING. I really needed it…. I was betrayed by my ex boyfriend and best friends :/

    • Christy says:

      Nadia,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I too have been let down and it can be hard to understand why sometimes. But I want you to know this, God knows how you feel and is waiting for you to run into His arms so that He can take your tears and throw it back into blessings into your life. Thank you for sharing and just know that you are in my prayers.

      Christy:)

      • Nicky says:

        What doesn’t break us makes us stronger..
        God heals.. Just takes time xx

  4. Jae Taylor says:

    Thank you so much for reminding me that God is all I need, I set people so high and find myself upset about how some people can be just so disappointing…It has made me feel much better and have trust in God that he will place the right people in my life even about my own Family…Sometimes I ask myself why I feel so alone and that I don’t have close friends but this is confirmation that all I need is the Lord and all will come into place.

    God Bless
    Jae

    • Christy says:

      Jae,

      Thank you so being so honest in what you go through. I too would find myself doing the same thing. God really showed me that all I need is Him and if I put my faith in Him, everything else falls into place. If you ever need someone to talk to, I am just a computer away!! I hope that you have a blessed day!!

      Christy:)

  5. my best friend let me down and i need her but she doesnt care:/

    • Christy says:

      Katie,

      I am so sorry to hear about that!! It can be disappointing when the people that we rely on the most hurt us. No matter what you are going through, God is always there for you, He is your best friend. People will always let us down, because we are not perfect. That is why it is important to place total trust in God and God alone:) Thank you for sharing your heart! If you ever need someone to speak to, please feel to email me at Pastor_Povo@live.com

      In Christ’s Love,

      Christy:)

  6. Amazing post! I have been betrayed by a very close cousin who helped me through a diffuclt time and has thrown it back in my face…I was searching for something to read and help me understand and your post and prayer was just what I needed! Thank you so much!!!

    • Christy says:

      Thank you so much for your honesty!! I know hard it can be when people let you down!! I went through the same thing and as difficult as it is, I now find peace in situations like that, because I am reminded of how imperfect I am and that just like me, others will make mistakes as well. That is why I now put my entire faith, not in man, but in God. He will never let me down. When I look at it from that perspective, any let downs that may come way, are a lot easier to handle. Thank you so much for your comment!! I pray that you have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!!!

      Christy:)

  7. Tawana says:

    thanks for this; its what i needed at this time

  8. mike says:

    I’ve recently found out that almost all the people i considered friends would get together and talk bad about me, my cousin who i was close to was the worst one out of them too. It’s hard to trust anyone after that but I’ve found that God can help us to continue trust and not hold someones lack of honesty against others.

    • Christy says:

      Mike,

      Thank you so very much for the comment. I agree that it can be hard to trust after someone has let you down, especially when it is someone close. You are so correct in that God helps us to trust again, especially when we trust in Him to heal us from the situation. God bless you!

      Christy:)

  9. Prudence says:

    thank you for this.. i tend to have alot of people in my life let me down. from imidiate family to friends and parnters.. it hurtfull but with God leading me i can do survive anything

    • Christy says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. It is so true how much we can get through when God is in the lead. I pray that you have a blessed day!

      Christy:)

  10. michael says:

    Another aspect of this is when a person finally realizes that they have let someone down or are “enthusiastically” told by that person how deeply they have been hurt and that they will never trust them again.

    Like the quote about the arrow, once it has been shot it can’t be called back. It was Christ’s way to always being forgiving even to His tormentors. In our humanity that is a lot harder to do.

    Always forgive! That doesn’t mean you have to let it happen again, but you MUST forgive…..for your own sake.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks Michael for your perspective on the matter. I wrote about something similar and how our words once they leave our mouth are gone and you can’t get them back. Jesus is the greatest example of a forgiver, forgiving me, a sinner, of all of my sins that I have done and loving me beyond measure in spite of all that I have done. Have a blessed day!

      Christy:)

  11. anonymous says:

    I left my parents years ago to live on my own because I couldn’t stand all the beatings. I get nightmares from all those years being a prisoner of my own home.

    There was a couple, too old to conceive, who wanted to take me in as their daughter. But, I did something bad, so they kicked me out.

    I thought they loved me unconditionally. I know I was bad. I said I would try to change, but they ignored my pleas. It is not fair that they could happily move on w/ life w/o a care, while I lie in this rut.

    I have never been loved by anyone before. Never had a close relationship. I don’t know how to trust. I feel let down by God. I feel my heart hardening.

  12. Paula says:

    I was recently hurt when I found out that someone who was supposed to be my new best friend & confident was going behind my back to tell my fiance that he should watch his back & that i was planning on leaving him, etc…he did not come to me, he believed her, he was hurt, and they ended up sleeping together. She still pretended to be my friend, and he allowed her to keep up that appearance until I found out by accident on my birthday, sept 20. I am trying to forgive them both, however I want nothing to do w/ her ever again. My fiance says he is truly sorry, he made a big mistake by not trusting me & coming to me. he thinks our relationship can be stronger now. I know I can forgive him one day, but how do I ever trust him again? We are to be married in 2012

  13. Paula says:

    I was recently hurt when I found out that someone who was supposed to be my new best friend & confident was going behind my back to tell my fiance that he should watch his back & that i was planning on leaving him, etc…he did not come to me, he believed her, he was hurt, and they ended up sleeping together. She still pretended to be my friend, and he allowed her to keep up that appearance until I found out by accident on my birthday, sept 20. I am trying to forgive them both, however I want nothing to do w/ her ever again. My fiance says he is truly sorry, he made a big mistake by not trusting me & coming to me. he thinks our relationship can be stronger now. I know I can forgive him one day, but how do I ever trust him again? We are to be married in 2012

  14. ROSIE FLORES says:

    THIS WAS VERY TOUCHING, IT MADE ME CRY BECAUSE I’M GOING THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS. SINCE MY DAD PASSED 2 1/2 YRS. AGO, THEY MADE ME FEEL AS IF I WERE TO BLAME. THEY WERE NEVER AROUND FOR HIM, I WAS THE ONE TAKING CARE OF HIM UNTIL THE LORD CALLED HIM. THEIR EXCUSE WAS BECAUSE THEY LIVE’D OUT OF TOWN THERE WASN’T MUCH THEY COULD DO FOR HIM. MY DAD DIED A WRONGFUL DEATH AND I HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO HELP ME AND NOW IT CHANGES EVERYTHING OF COURSE..I FEEL LIKE THE BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY, A PERSON WITHOUT A FACE..BUT I LEARNED TO LEAVE IT IN GOD’S HANDS. I FOUND FAITH IN HIM..BUT I’M STILL VERY HEART BROKEN, IT WILL TAKE ME A LONG TIME TO TRUST IN ANYBODY..

  15. Tina says:

    I like ur qoutes..i really need dis..Thank You sooh much

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  17. Florence Lussi says:

    It is sad to hear others’ stories and uplifting to hear what the bible says. Yet when you are let down by people who are supposed to love you unconditionally (or so we wish when we have that expectation and I have since read to not put people on a pedestal) what are we to do when we have to see them and find ourselves giving love yet feeling so sad that they can not treat us the same way. How much do we give of ourselves, when we open ourselves up for injury and then have to heal all over again. I am talking of parents who even though I have spoken how much I love them and want to have a closer relationship they don’t appear to care and just always skim the surface of superficial stuff and won’t talk to me like I am their daughter. I don’t want to call them Mum and Dad anymore. To put them in another category of acquaintance. Maybe then I won’t hurt so much. Flo.

  18. Ansh says:

    It’s hard to go on with life when some one whom you care for the most lets you down and it affects you to the extent of falling ill and still that person doesn’t turn up for the better.

    You give several indications that you need her, but she doesn’t care. She doesn’t see anything else beyond her career, beyond her fears, which aren’t rational enough. It’s hard to let go of the suicidal desires, when you wish you die.

  19. thank you so much for the thoughts you left on being let down.i really needed it

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