Geronimo Aguilar, founding pastor of the mega church Richmond Outreach Center, was ousted along with three other pastors for a giant sex scandal in 2013.
In 2012, the comptroller of Dixon, IL, Rita Crundwell, stole $53 million in tax money through shady accounting practices.
Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street star we created a blockbuster hit to idolize, swindled countless millions of unsuspecting investors through penny stock schemes.
All people will fail you. Religious, political, and business leaders will fail you. In Psalms 146:3, it says, “Put not your trust in princes: nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help”. The Buddha says, “Do not trust the untrustworthy, be wary even of the trustworthy, for there is danger following trust”.
So, what are we to do? We’re to love.
We’ve learned that we shouldn’t put our faith in others. That’s a very important distinction from having faith in others. The difference is in how it affects you as an individual. Putting your faith in others is a crutch, just like leaning on someone’s shoulder. Sometimes you need the support of someone who can carry you, but you can’t lean on them forever. Eventually, they will walk in another direction.
By having faith in others, you’re learning and loving. I will never stop having faith in others to do the right thing, support each other, and become better people. But I know at some point that they will fail themselves, just like we have all failed ourselves.
The ancient buddhists called this concept attachment, and it’s where all of our suffering comes from. We’re all attached to things; material objects, other people, experiences, and even our own egos. We believe those are the things that bring us happiness, so when our cars, relationships, vacations, and labels of ourselves end and change, we’re devastated because of attachment.
Instead of attaching, we need to be loving. You should be enjoying every single moment you have with that person or thing when the times are good. But when things go bad, you can’t be mad at the world for taking something away from you permanently that you shouldn’t have given away in the first place. Your faith, trust, and happiness need to be placed in something much higher than the simple material world we have here.
Today, we challenge you to let go. Let go of your expectations of how others should be acting. Let go of how you think life should be playing out for you. Instead, love others with everything you can give, without any expectation of return. Enjoy every breath you take without worrying about having to take the next one.
We live every moment and every choice out of either fear, or love. Which one is going to rule you?
In the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Taoist text written by Lao Tzu, he explains, “We only recognize beauty, because ugliness exists. We can only be happy because we can also be sad.”
Every person will fail you. Learn from them, support them, and celebrate the good. When they fail, and we all will, let go and continue to love. Have faith in them, but do not give your own personal power away by putting your faith in them. Do Good. Be Great.