Never before have we had so much access to so much information available to us at all times. It can be so helpful! It can also be really overwhelming. Who do we listen to? How do we know what’s true? How do we navigate all the decisions we face on a daily basis?
In her latest book, Prophets See around Corners, Sheri Dew reminds us just how uniquely equipped we are to cut through the noise. We aren’t in this alone! We don’t have to figure everything out on our own.
Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves to help us make our way through information overload each day.
How is my life different because of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
In the busyness of life, we can forget the importance of checking in with our own faith, what it means, and the impact it has on our lives. We can take it for granted or forget to use it as a guide through our decisions—big and small.
We believe in prophets! We believe in their modern-day revelation and guidance. How does that change our day-to-day life?
What are the motives?
In her book, Sheri Dew reminds us of the power of flattery. She boldly shares the truth that telling people what they want to hear is a seductive way to gain followers. We see it in the Book of Mormon and we see it playing out in our culture today!
Most of the opinions and information being served to us have multiple motives. It’s not that it’s all bad, but we should use our judgment to discern what the goal is. What is the motive?
Sometimes the Prophet’s counsel isn’t the most fun or comfortable, but it can be fully trusted more than any other information source available to us.
“The motives of prophets are unlike any other modern leader” —Sheri Dew
When facing tough decisions, it’s helpful to check in and make sure we are listening to what’s right rather than what’s popular.
What evidence am I looking for?
Sometimes when we make a choice and then meet some resistance, we let it convince us that our choice was wrong—or we might even doubt the inspiration behind the choice.
Sheri Dew teaches that sometimes “problems” aren’t evidence that the inspiration was wrong. We are meant to problem-solve! We are meant to overcome!
We will find the evidence we are looking for, for better or for worse. As we go through each day working to live in accordance with the Prophet’s counsel, let’s look at how it IS guiding us, how it IS helping us, and how it IS simplifying life as it shows us the way through the confusion.
We might feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the chaos of our world at times, but we can find true peace and confidence as we choose to trust our Prophet leading the way.
Our friends over at Magnify are going to be diving into a discussion about these ideas and more as part of the Magnify Book Club—don’t forget to join in the conversation over there!