Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's Discernment?

"Discernment can refer to both a posture and a process.

As a spiritual posture, discernment entails fostering a contemplative attitude that helps spot the presence of God in the concrete events and experiences of ordinary life. To live with a discerning heart is to believe that ... God is to be found everywhere in the holy ground of our existence.

As a process, discernment is decision making that invites God into the process and relies on God to be the telling influence in the choices we make. It is a deliberate attempt to become attuned to the guidance of God in important life choices.

The goal of discernment is to refine the acoustics of the heart so that we can be more closely united to God in obedient faith ...

Discernment is both an art and a gift.

It is an art because we can, with practice, develop our ability to be more and more sensitive to the Spirit's movement in the whirl of our lives.

Yet, ultimately, it is a gift because to be aware of and moved by God's presence depends totally on grace."

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that come through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God"
- Philippians 1:9-11.


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