As we’ve been reflecting in the past few posts, discernment begins—and makes sense—only in the light of God’s point of view: God’s unconditional love for us. From God’s storyview flow the “key principles of discernment” that we will explore in the next few blogposts. In classic or traditional terms, these are essential to authentic discernment:
Between two (or more) good choices. It’s not a good choice vs. a bad choice. God would never want us to choose to do something bad.
In the context of a vibrant relationship with God. Discernment is more than making a choice or a decision—it’s seeking God’s will. How will we come to know or want what God wants, unless we come to know and love God?
“3D” listening. As we discern, we need to pay attention to our whole being, our loved ones, our circumstances, and the world around us, because the Holy Spirit lives and works within us, around us, and through others. Our thoughts, feelings, situations, others’ needs and concerns, the needs of the world, the insights of others, the voice and needs of the community, the guidance of a mentor or guide–all of these help us to listen to God’s invitations.
Free. Making a free choice is the aspect of discernment that can take the most time, wisdom, reflection, and guidance.
Please Chime In!
Do these points make sense to you? In the next few posts, we’lll explore each of these key principles of discernment, but it’d be great to hear your questions! You can post them here in the comments, or email them directly to me.