John and I provide after school care for 2 of our granddaughters.  Their parents do not allow screen time beyond 20 minutes per day.  That’s one episode of a children’s program or 20 minutes playing a math game on my computer etc.  It is a great opportunity to develop the concept of trustworthiness.    When cajoled by the little girls to allow more time, I explain that their parents have entrusted us with their care.  When I set up a TV program with the instructions that it goes off after 20 minutes, I say “I am trusting you to turn it off” and then of course, I watch the clock and if they comply, I congratulate them on being trustworthy.  It seems that we are living in a world where trustworthiness is under developed.   The result is an increase in skepticism and cynicism.   In many different ways, our faith teaches us the importance of being trustworthy in every aspect of our lives.    When faced with a dilemma, I cling to that, and trust in the prayer that never fails:  “Your will be done.”

Christine Dawson
International President

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