Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shepastor: "Whatever Happened to Discretion?"

New International Version
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11
New Living Translation
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe, Proverbs 2:11

Growing up, my Dad would always say, “Discretion is the better part of valour.” It seems that today, discretion, self-control and wise choices have become the exception and not the rule. What is happening in our society?

It seems that people have become less concerned about their words, their actions, their behaviors. With the onset of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Text Messages, Instagram, etc.,) people appear “freer” to say things that they would not say in person, type and send messages at the spur of the moment without careful consideration.

It appears that a “bar” has been lowered.
Public figures…individuals that we once taught our children to respect, admire and esteem are now engaging in “school yard bullying” so to speak against one another. Beautiful love songs that once inspired candle light dinners, walks in the park and wedding bells have now become illicit, foul and pornographic.

It is challenging to find beautiful evening wear…dresses that are not “mini,” necklines that are not plunged to the belly, material that is not shear, items that are not meant to fit “skin tight.” Pants are “sagging,” hair is all over the place, hats are no longer removed (men) and those who challenge such trends are considered out of touch with the times.

But in my estimation, there is still something beautiful about discretion. Discretion will keep you…discretion will help you to be wise…discretion will prevent you from putting your foot in your mouth! Discretion will prompt your heart to be concerned about how you impact “the space.” Discretion will show forth your character. Discretion will set you apart from the insensitive, improper, inappropriate, foolish trends of this day.

Discretion will help you to exemplify what is meaningful, beautiful and filled with light.

May we strive to walk in Godly discretion.

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Until Next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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