I learned a tough lesson this week. Honestly, it's one I should have learned already. <blush> But this time, I learned it in a new way.
As you probably know, I was in Arizona last week for some training. On the first day, were given an assignment to do over lunch. Being the good little student I am, I did it. It wasn't perfect, but I did it.
After lunch, I went to do the second part of the assignment. But… just as I did, someone said something from the front that seemed to contradict it. So… like a good little student… I stopped. I was literally in the middle of taking action. I changed course and didn't do it.
The next day…
Our mentor Sandi, asked who did the assignment. Whoo hooo! I had! (The good little student I am.)
The thing was, though, we were also supposed to do the second part. Wait, what? I was just about to do it. I stopped because of what I heard. I thought I wasn't supposed to!
The prize for the people who did it? A super valuable, no longer available, DVD training set on a topic I desperately needed help with. Grrr…. I was so annoyed with myself!
I should have known better. About 99.99% of my regrets in my life are because I didn't trust my God-given instinct. I ignored it and chose to listen to the voices around me and did the opposite. Even though He was trying to whisper to me what I knew I should do. I started over-thinking things and changed course.
I should have known better.
And… now I do.
Don't get me wrong. I believe we should seek wise counsel. I believe we should get help from those who know more than we do. But at the end of the day, when I stand before God in Heaven, I can't say, well, so and so expert (or my great aunt or my neighbor next door) told me I should do…
At the end of the day, I have to trust the wisdom of God and what He is speaking to my heart about who I am and how I should do things.
I learned a lot from my few days away. But… I will say, THIS… this lesson about trusting my gut. Trusting my instincts. Not letting all the voices around me change what I know I should. This was the most valuable thing I took away.
I hope it encourages you to trust your instincts too! When trying to make a decision, ask God for help. And if you have a notion (unless it's going to hurt you or someone else), I give you permission… stop listening to all the voices around you and trust your gut. And do it!
You and God got this!
With lots of love,
P.S. If you want to hear more about this experience (with my smiling face and prayers for you) watch this video I made for you here.