One of the things I pray for you and my other grandchildren is that you will have "discretion." You may know already that discretion is having the ability to make responsible decisions, using good judgement in conduct or speech, being unobtrusive and modest. The reason it is so important to me is because the Bible says "Discretion shall preserve thee" (Proverbs 2:11). It will keep you and protect you from possible harm. The Holy Spirit gives us small "checks and warnings" in our spirit. We can, however, ignore them and choose not to listen.
A few years ago, a young high school graduate went on a trip with a group of friends and became a missing person. It was later learned that she had made some unwise choices that involved alcohol and people she didn't know, but left with after a party. Her mother is in the news occasionally, and it breaks my heart to think what she must be going through.
A good example of a woman with discretion is given to us in I Samuel 25. Her name is "Abigail." (What a great name!) Read her story and see how discretion made a difference in a lot of lives.
Abby, no matter how beautiful a person is on the outside, without discretion the Bible compares us to a pig with a gold jewel in its snout! (Proverbs 11:22) Wherever you go, whatever circumstance you find yourself in, use discretion. Pay attention to the "checks." Ask God to give you an abundance of discretion because you will need it throughout your life.
May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other. I love you very much.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
MIND THE CHECKS