In God We Trust

In God We Trust

In God We Trust.

These words are listed as the official motto of the United States, though not without debate – and certainly not without controversy. It appears on most of our money, both coin and paper. It was originally chosen to replace “E pluribus unum” or “Out of many, one.” It is reflected in music, poetry, writings, etc.

What does it mean?

I was raised in Washington, D.C. (yes, the city, not Maryland or Virginia). As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love D.C. It’s my favorite place on the planet, and I’ve taken advantage of every historical, cultural or newsworthy event that I could manage.

My mother believed that since I lived in an historical place, I should participate in anything historical that happened. So from Eisenhower through Obama, I’ve only missed two inaugurations. I was there when Martin Luther King, Jr. declared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that he had a dream! I was there when the casket of a young president lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. I was there through numerous Cherry Blossom events, million people marches/demonstrations/parties, 4th of July Celebrations, and more. I was there.

I thought an art gallery was the National Gallery of Art and that a library was the Library of Congress. Imagine my surprise when I moved away from the city for the first time to discover that neither of those things were true.

In God We Trust

I’ve seen America in good times, bad times, sad times, happy times, and times I wished I hadn’t seen or known. I was there when the plane hit the Pentagon. I rejoiced with Alan Shepard and John Glenn and Neil Armstrong’s one small step! I’ve seen tanks on the streets of D.C .when 9/11 happened.

For all that I’ve seen, known and experienced, I’ve learned one thing of greatest importance. In March 1956, I had a life altering experience that has more profoundly changed my life than any of the things above.

It was at this time that I made a decision to trust in God personally! I recognized Jesus as my Savior and began a lifelong journey into discipleship, stewardship, evangelism and more. For all of my love of D.C., I’ve learned that my love and obedience to my Savior are paramount in every aspect of my life.

My love and obedience to my Savior are paramount in every aspect of my life.

In 2003, I first encountered Lead Like Jesus, and in February of 2004, they hired me full-time, and I moved to Augusta, Georgia where the office was located. With a background in D.C. and having lived in other places in the U.S., Augusta was a surprise to me. This lovely, deeply Southern town was like another planet to me. I found it difficult to get acquainted, even at church, and soon felt isolated and alone. Yet I knew God had led me to Lead Like Jesus.

In God I Trust

After a few years, I realized that Augusta was home, and Lead Like Jesus was my ministry. I had to surrender my dream of going to D.C. or anywhere until I learned to live in Augusta. God did a wonderful work in my life and almost 13 years later, I’m still with Lead Like Jesus (though we did move to Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2015).

I learned as the Apostle Paul said, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12-13).

I’m so grateful for the work that the Lord did in my life and what I’ve learned that has forever changed me. I’ve learned that His way and His plan are always best, regardless of how I feel about them.

His way and His plan are always best, regardless of how I feel about them.

In God We Trust. I’m not so sure that statement is true in America anymore – but I do know that …

In. God. I. Trust!!!

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.