Brenda’s Blog – June 5, 2018
“This shows I am a safe place for anyone who needs one.
The foundation executive prepared to address the scholarly group. My associate and I were early to the event and spoke briefly to the speaker. I noticed a large safety pin in his lapel. Not being fully versed on current insignia I asked what it was and why he wore it.
“This lets people know they can trust me and I will provide safety for them in public places.” His answer actually stopped me for a moment. Then I asked, “Where have been identified as safe and what can you do?
“In areas where progressive thought is considered dangerous, I can how them I am a supporter.”
Walking away I was a bit bemused and confused by the need to wear a diaper pin on my jacket denoting my willingness to protect.
Then I started thinking about trust. One of my favorite statements was on the desk of a businessman I knew: “You can trust me to be who I say I will be; you can trust me to do what I say I will do.” At the time I was in sales and this affirmation held great meaning.
What tells others we are safe? What tells others we can be trusted? What does our life represent that speaks of integrity, honesty, and good character?
Our ministry is with college students. Most attend our events initially thinking it will be a waste of their free time. Afterwards we repeatedly hear, “I am so glad I came. I learned so much and I connected with people who want to stretch and bless us.”
Years ago Christians adopted the Ichthus (fish) symbol to communicate “we belong to Jesus.” When others would see the sign they were eager to establish contact and community. Even without the fish, we should live in such a way others see our character and feel safe. Put the pin down and pick up a life befitting honor and trust.