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Trusting Your Gut and Slaying Your Goliath

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Most people are familiar with the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.  It’s an amazing account of the lowly shepherd boy going up to fight against the experienced fighting giant.  David was clearly the underdog in this situation, and yet with nothing more that his bag of stones and a slingshot he killed the giant that the other brave warriors were too afraid to confront.

This battle came in a season of time when David’s life experience had provided him with deep confidence and he was prepared to move forward with faith that he could defeat Goliath.  His confrontations as a shepherd with a lion and a bear had brought an awareness of his unique gifts, talents and strengths.  David was not afraid to fight an adversary and he had no tolerance for this taunting giant.  David was originally outfitted in soldier armor, a helmet and a sword, but it just didn’t suit him – and he knew it.  He made a conscious decision to shed what appeared to be the best fighting equipment of his day and trust his gut by using what he knew worked for him… his slingshot!

David was a man who had learned well from his own life experiences.  He had a clear sense of values and knew where his strengths were, and how to use them in the way that would best serve him and others.  Sometimes our strengths and talents will lead us in a different direction than the current trends and prevailing attitudes of the day… like using a slingshot instead of a spear.

The question is, will you trust your gut and go with what has proven to be the best for you?

Spiritual perspective: It is always wise to get counsel from others and do our homework, but that won’t prevent fear from rearing its ugly head.  The key is to be courageous and keep moving forward, and not let perfection or fear of making a mistake hinder our progress.  God can even use our mistakes to help us grow, get us back on track and build our character in the process.  Romans 5:4 says it like this in the GOD’S WORD* Translation: endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.

We all have our own Goliaths and our unique experience and abilities that have prepared us to deal with them.  It takes boldness and courage to follow your heart and trust your gut, but those who do are often hailed as heroes for their willingness to do so.  Your one act of courage and boldness might be the start of a new trend that others will follow.   You could be the inspiration for others who are facing similar giants!

If you’ve got the courage to take a risk and pursue your God-size dreams, I’m here to support you!  As a life coach I work with people who desire to live life on purpose and pursue their dreams.  I can help you gain clarity on where to focus your time and talents with my coaching programs and there are three different options for you to choose from!

Truth For Your Life:  What have you learned from your life experiences about your strengths and talents and how they work best for you?   How has your character been shaped by them?  Do you have the courage to move in a new direction in contrast to the current trends?  Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

*Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

Copyright 2010 Bridget Haymond.  All rights reserved.

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6 Responses to Trusting Your Gut and Slaying Your Goliath
  1. Althea
    August 23, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    Bridget, this post is so right on!! Just looking over this year from its beginning and seeing the decisions I've made to slay my Goliaths, is a HUGE testament to what you've written being played out in my life. As a result of trusting what God has told me to do (even though it is soooo "outside the box"), I have more peace than ever, more confidence than ever, and I can even see Goliath falling flat on his face!!!!! YEAAA!

    Thank you so much for being a bright, shining beam of light into a world that has so much chaos and lies!

    • Bridget Haymond
      August 23, 2010 | 7:02 pm

      I’m so thrilled to hear of your victory Althea. I agree that trusting God is key to moving into a place of victory, and once you slay Goliath, he will never rise again!

      Keep trusting Him.

  2. Aaron
    July 28, 2010 | 11:35 am

    Good post! I like the focus on who we are as individuals and how God has gifted us. It's a great thing to remember!

    At the same time, I missed the point of the story in your post – David's confidence in God. Yes, he knew his own skillset, but he also knew that God's name needed to be protected and that God Himself would fight for him against Goliath!

    • Bridget Haymond
      July 28, 2010 | 4:41 pm

      Absolutely, God is always able to defend His name in a multitude of ways, and He orchestrates the circumstances according to His purpose. Our confidence should be in God to either give us victory, or work something of His greater purpose in us if we don’t succeed. Kind of like failing forward!

      Thanks for sharing Aaron.

  3. Julie Walraven | Res
    July 27, 2010 | 10:40 pm

    Love this post, Bridget! This has been my life this year and yours too, I believe. It is so easy to determine that you are going to do things and then when there are bumps in the road, the go with your gut gets second-guessed.

    • Bridget Haymond
      July 28, 2010 | 7:04 am

      I have seen you trust your gut and the results have been wonderful. So glad to be partnering with you on the journey!

      Thanks for stopping by Julie.