Sunday, 24 October 2021

P Power of Positive Faith

Trust Your Instincts

I am going to ask the question, but I am confident I already know the answer. Have you ever felt deep in your bones that you should not trust a situation or even a person, but you do it anyway? Of course, you have! I think we all have found ourselves in situations not believing our eyes because we went the extra mile for someone who let us down. I hope you are not carrying around the guilt of making the mistake of trusting someone.

I believe we get suckered because we are taught to "give people a chance." And we should. I mean, you can't always read a book by its cover. Right? Maybe we can't, but perhaps we can. Every time I get sucker-punched, I can hear myself saying, "I told you."

At my ripe age now, somehow, I have forgotten that many years ago, I used to say that God had given me the spiritual gift of discernment. I honestly believed that, and today, I still do. However, I also think I suppressed that gift or overrode my instincts. I did not because some would say I was too hard on a person and didn't give them a chance. Especially people like my husband, who gives everybody he meets a chance. To him, what they present is who they are. To me, not everything a person shows you is accurate. It's best to watch and wait.

For more than a year, I trusted a key person. I trusted them with financial responsibilities and other high-level decisions. They were the most admirable, most kind, and friendly people you would ever meet. What I did notice was their work ethic was lacking, but their social skills were superb. They liked everybody, and everybody liked them. Over the year, my instincts told me the person was not the right person for the job. I also would say to myself, not everyone is as high-strung as you. Let them do it their way.  I kept waiting for the job to be done their way, only to find that nothing was getting done. In fact, by the time I decided to separate them, the area was in worse shape than when they started. When I reflect over the year, many people made excuses for the person even though they knew they were not cutting it.

The truth is, no one wants to count another person out even when our gut is telling us they may be the wrong partner, they may not be the best equipped for a job, or they lack the skills needed to lead. We want to be kind and generous and override our instincts. But what does the Bible say about trusting your instincts? Well, Romans 2:14-15 says, "For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them."

Some say don't trust your gut because it can be deceiving. I understand what they mean. However, suppose our gut instincts are hunches given to us by God? MacMillan Dictionary defines intuition/gut feeling as "a feeling that you are certain is right, although you can give no good reason why."

Finally, Proverbs 2:6-15 reminds us, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul..."

I know feelings can be deceiving, but I also know that we can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth for those who follow Jesus.

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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