Discernment

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IMG_3421IMG_3421Every day we are challenged to make good choices that will be reflected in the days, months and years to come.  The level of our discernment is the gauge of which we use to make each life-altering selection.

A perfect example would be the chocolate molten cake drenched with chocolate syrup and coupled with ice cream at Chili’s.  This is my all-time favorite diet-wrecker and I would honestly pay triple to have one right now!!

The problem is that if I eat this decadent dessert all by myself today – as I would LOVE to – I may not see an addition of five to ten pounds right away, but I would guess those nasty chubby-makers will come soon enough if this was my choice on a regular basis.

Clearly, chocolate molten cake is not evil (even though I think it should be characterized as such).  The issue arises when I refuse to look at the number of reasons why eating a WHOLE one by myself would not be the smartest of decisions.

The wise alternative would be to share this yummy sweetness with a friend or family member only once in a while so that a craving is satisfied and fat jeans are not required.

I have learned over time to opt for this alternative because of historical weight gain, health propaganda, education and a miserable lack of metabolism.

Healthy eating and Christ-led living have similar outcomes dependent on our positive and negative choices.

We know how we should live, why we should live this way, and who we should ask for help from, so, why aren’t we asking for God’s guidance and discernment when time and again involving God in our days make them so much better?

Good question.

The short answer for me is that I’m lazy, forgetful and I get out of the habit…none of these make for a more discerning Meg. Sigh.

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14

Discernment is not gained by just asking for it, it’s increased by USE!!!!

The more we love God the more we will obey. The more we obey the more we will be aware of the reality of Christ in our lives. The more we are aware of Christ in our lives, the more victory we will experience. The more victory we experience, the less difficult the choices are and the less conflict we have within ourselves. – Norma Becker

God is not a genie in a bottle.  He wants a relationship with us on a daily basis to guide us and transform us into the human beings He created us to be.

Instead of working on this relationship, many of us run to God when things are falling apart and then leave Him out to dry when all is going our way.

The solution is to jump into God’s arms daily.  Time spent listening to God, talking to God, and learning about God will give us a daily dose of discernment that in turn will produce better choices, less mistakes and more peace in our lives.

This gift of His peace – that is beyond human understanding by the way – allows us to deal in a Christ-like way with anything that comes along.

Our consistent interaction with God will grow us close enough to Him to know what He would want us to do in each circumstance and make our choices in life SO much easier!!

How discerning are you?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 2:1-5 – My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

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