Do you know which profession is trusted the most? If you’re thinking Senators and Congressmen, guess again! Only car sales people are trusted less than those in Congress! If you said doctors are trusted the most, well, you’re close. They came in third. According to the Gallup organization, the most trusted professionals are nurses.1
So much of our society relies on trust. The Journal of Accountancy even posted an article telling accountants how to build trust with their clients. They reduced trust to a formula. I guess accountants like math! To understand the level of trust, the article says to add together the level of credibility, reliability and closeness of the relationship with the client. Then divide that by the amount of self-interest the accountant brings. That’s important. The more interest the accountant has in the client’s affairs, the more their credibility, reliability and relationship will generate trust.2
Faithfulness also generates trust. Those who are faithful are trusted by others. We can trust God because he is reliable, credible, loves us and looks out for us. In a nutshell, he is faithful. Which reminds me of one of his promises. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out . . . .”(NIV) Doesn’t it feel good to know God is faithful?!
- RJ Reinhart, “Nurses Continue to Rate Highest in Honesty, Ethics,” Gallup, January 6, 2020, https://news.gallup.com/poll/274673/nurses-continue-rate-highest-honesty-ethics.aspx.
- Dawn Wotapka, “Use this formula to build trust with clients,” Journal of Accountancy, June 1, 2021, https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2021/jun/how-cpa-firms-build-trust-with-clients.html.
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