Thursday : 27th June, 2019

Reference text: Genesis 16:1-12,15-16

Genesis 16:6 Abram answered, “Very well, she is your slave and under your control; do whatever you want with her.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so cruelly that she ran away.

Many non-computer based examinations are often taken under the watchful eyes of strict invigilators. This seems to suggest the notion that exam takers cannot be fully trusted to be sincere during examinations. This compares to the concept of ‘supernumerary’, which can be seen as a nicer way of telling a worker: ‘we don’t think you are fully ready yet hence, we can’t trust you to go off by yourself’.

Therefore, staff who fall into this bracket always work under the supervision of another in the role into which they will be stepping after their supernumerary period. It might be surprising to see how trust pops up here, but it does because it is a key attribute that determines the level of supervision one can expect in any venture.

In the text, Abram gave full autonomy to Sarai to do as she wished with Hagar, her servant. However, looking back, one wonders if that was a good call. After that permission was granted, Hagar was treated in such a harsh manner that even while pregnant, she ran away from Sarai. We could say that she played a part in bringing this upon herself by despising her mistress, but the consequences seemed extreme. That is when one might have problems with trust and seek to draw a link between trust and moderation.

There are times when we may feel like letting other go off to explore, to allow them do things their own way simply because we trust them to do a good job. Sweetheart, trusting others will remain an indispensable part of living because without it, we will work ourselves into the ground and achieve very little on our own. However, trust must be accompanied by a reasonable degree of moderation, supervision and accountability.


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