“Moses thought, ‘I will go and see this amazing sight. Why is the bush not burning up?’”

Exodus 3:3

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Exodus 3:1-5

Do you trust yourself? Developing a fundamental trust in yourself and your feelings is important.

Moses sees something strange, a bush that is on fire and yet is not burning up. Something tells him to investigate it further. He trusts his instinct, his gut, and goes to inspect it. Moses’ life is transformed after this because his instinct leads him to a life-changing encounter with God.

When we trust ourselves, we rely on our inner guidance rather than always looking for external direction and value. Instinct, the voice in our heads, a gut feeling, is important to take cognisance of and honour.

Often, when we are not confident in ourselves, we hand the power over to others or somebody of authority because we think that is the expected norm, we lack a basic self-trust. Sometimes we follow societal trends or fashions simply because we do not have the confidence and trust we should in ourselves to make up our minds about things.

Honouring oneself by trusting the ‘voice within’ is an integral part of growing as a human being and growing spiritually. A healthy self-awareness means that one also trusts oneself.

This does not mean that we become arrogant and think we know it all. We can gather information from others, talk to experts for guidance, but ultimately, we need to trust ourselves and our inner guidance as we choose what to do, given all we know. Our instincts, if we choose to listen, also tell us when we are have reached our limits.

American professor and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic, Jon Kabat-Zinn, says that trust in oneself is faith in the validity of our own experience and allowing ourselves to see what is true and untrue. He says that the spin-off of this is that the more we trust ourselves, the more we will trust others and trust in their basic goodness. Moses was able to trust God as he already had some trust in his own instinct. Later on, he learns to trust those who help him lead the people of God from slavery to freedom.

Do you have a healthy trust in yourself? Do you listen to your own ‘inner voice’ for guidance?

Creator God,

You have given me gifts and talents. Give me the grace to trust my inner voice. Help me grow in self-awareness and trust so that I can honour you by honouring myself.


Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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