Credulous Defined

Credulouswilling to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.


For the past year, I’ve felt very confident about my performance and where I stood at work.  I was proud about the skills I possessed and I was actively working on the skills that were lacking.  I had reached a point where my boss and other members of management gave me ongoing accolades and affirmed my value with the organization by sharing the path they saw for me to be promoted.  It was safe to say I felt good about myself as I walked around with a chip on my shoulder (a small chip, but still a chip nonetheless). I was high off of my own glory.

Then, I was handed a notice that my job had been eliminated. Although I was reminded that I was a value to the team, I had to apply for other positions in order to remain there.

What?! I just got sucker-punched!  Out of all the things that could happen, this was the last thing I was expecting to happen to me. TO ME!  (After that tantrum, my anger turned into defeat.) I tried to let it go, but the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. How could they do this?

With this layoff, I was forced to stand still and address the questions that I avoid answering for fear of what I’ll discover:

  1. What is my role in all of this?
  2. How did I let this happen myself?

It took a little wrestling and soul searching, but this was a perfect time for God to remind me of my errors, which were so slight, but ended up doing so much damage. I discovered that I was credulous in:

  • Believing people’s words over God’s words.  Because I’ve struggled with an addiction to approval, I need to be that much more careful in how I take in other’s accolades. No, there is absolutely nothing wrong with receiving them; it’s where I store them that is dangerous. I memorialized my boss’ words and locked them in a keepsake as if they could never change.  Actually, the only words that will never change are God’s.
  • Placing my faith in my job rather than God. When my job status was up, I was up.  But when it sank like a ship, so did my ego.  Where is my foundation?
  • Being too comfortable.  I felt so good about myself that I never prepared myself for a situation such as this.  Is this common? Yes, but that does not excuse it. We all know that tomorrow is not promised, so why operate as if it is? My {job} security is important, but my security in God is even more important.

Maybe you aren’t credulous in your job situation. Maybe for you, there’s something else in your life that keeps you comfortable. Regardless, we cannot allow ourselves to be tricked into placing our hope and faith into things that are fleeting.  That is no one’s fault but our own.

This experience taught me a lesson: We’re never above falling, and sometimes we need to take a hit to get our perspective back in order.  For that reason, I’m thankful for my wake-up call and am working to redirect my faith (while still job searching, of course).


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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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