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Discretion… using good judgment. The freedom of choice. Showing Discernment. Discretion is a virtue that we can… and should apply in everyday life.
I’ve made some pretty silly mistakes in the past. I’ve stated foolishness has been my greatest sin. I’ve also been pretty gullible in the past. Another no no.
So I put some thought into this and came up with the following 5 steps to making good choices:
1. Think clearly and objectively. At times, you may have to try and take your own personal feelings out of the picture. This can be extremely difficult, especially if you already have made up your mind one way or the other. Thinking clearly and objectively is the starting point for exercising discretion… and, unfortunately, many times discretion ends right there as it’s also where we fool ourselves into acting hastily.
2. Apply experience. Remember, all those things that happened to you in the past happened for a good reason. If you’ve really chalked the past up to experience your heart should be healed and in the right place to be able to apply experience constructively.
3. Ask for advice from wise counselors. If you’ve done a good job of surrounding yourself with solid people, their advice may be invaluable. Always remember they’re just people too… with their own experiences, opinions and values.
4. Pray about it. You have to be careful on this one as many times we think we hear what God is trying to tell us, and, again, hastily make poor decisions. Not having a very clear direction is often a call from God to be patient… so sit back… think… pray some more… and savor the good life!
5. Make your own decision. We should always make our own decision… that’s what discretion is, right? When it’s all said and done, some of the choices we make have a significant impact on our lives. Live it… and live it well.
No guarantees in life… still… I have to use discretion… make good choices… and at the same time be willing to take a risk. Remember, The greatest risk is not taking one. Also, remember to use the 5 steps in making good choices. And always remember to live it… and live it well.
Question: What steps do you consider when using discretion to make good choices?