I was recently leading a discipleship group through Ruth Haley Barton's Sacred Rhythms when one of the participants stated that the chapter on discernment had changed her life. A bold remark!
She went on to explain how she never understood discernment before and it just seemed like a spiritual way to describe decision making, when really it is transforming who we are and how we depend upon God.
As we continued on in our discussion of discernment, I commented how I get a bit nervous whenever I hear someone attach the word "discernment" to something that benefits them and which they voice immediately.
You know what I'm talking about, right? The spiritualization of discernment for one's own personal gain, isn't really discernment.
That's one of the reasons that we need someone to walk with us through discernment. To help us sort our the ego from the Divine and to place ourselves in a posture of depending upon God.
Who are the people in your life who help you to discern?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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