Cultivating Discernment

Read:

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. – Proverbs 15:14

Reflect:

Living intentionally can be really exhausting. Let’s be honest, it’s so much easier to zone out while perusing social media than to dive into a meaty book, make a difficult phone call, deal with a heart matter, etc.  Foolish things are easy and pleasurable at the moment but in the long run, they do little to edify. 
 
I love that this verse uses the word discernment. The discerning heart seeks knowledge. Unless we are continually giving ourselves, our actions, and our pursuits regular “gut-checks”, we will automatically feast on the junk. Discernment is a practice; it is a habit honed by endurance and diligence. 
 
There are no magic formulas or simple fixes here, just a heart to glorify God in the moment-by-moment. Taking stock of your life and your day-to-day allows a particular vision into the trajectory of your week, your month, and your year. It allows you to see what’s working and what needs to be cut out altogether.  
 
As we near the close of this year, I encourage you to take time to ponder your habits, your time spent in the Word, your service and activity in church. What’s working? What is bearing eternal fruit? What is bogging you down? What has become a hindrance?

Pray:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the instruction in Your Word. Help me to be a discerning woman and one that lives her days and chooses her activities with only You in view. Amen.

Your Turn:

How do you view discernment? Do you think it’s a practice and something that must be cultivated? If so, how?

What in your life needs to be cut away and where have you exercised good discernment?