Discerment…life is about choices.
Posted by plse on February 27, 2009
Life is about choices, discerning, listening and action
Choices is not a new thing, since the beginning of creation, human beings have faced the reality of making choices. In the Old Testament we read lots of stories that show the reality we face when we find ourselves in front of more than one option: Lot chose to go East and Abraham West toward Canaan. We all know the rest of the story… , Noah chose to listen God and built the Arc and by choosing that he saved his family and lots of creatures, Peter, after denying Jesus, he chose not to stay depressed but to repent and became one of the most powerful disciples and defender of the Christian faith in the first century,
Nowadays our choices are simpler than those of the first Christians. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed we are making decisions, choosing among 2 or multiple things. Simple choices such as “how shall I do my hair today? What outfit should I wear for a special occasion? As simple as they sound, they are somewhat important to us. Isn’t that right?
There are other decision making process a bit more complicated, for instance, when it comes to choosing a mate, a career, a job change, a move, a home, a school, a friend, a vacation, how to spend or save money, or any other choice, big or little, whenever there are two or more different paths opening up before us and we have to choose, how do we know which one is best?
What happens “in between” is what we call Discernment. Discernment is more than just a skill. Discernment is a gift from God before it is anything else. Yet there are clearly skills you put to use in using your gift, and you can become better at it through training and experience.
Discernment happens in a personal level as we examine ourselves and consider our options but it also happens in community.
Discerning in community is one of the richest thing we can experience as we are able to bring to the table different perspectives and learn from one another.
When it comes particulary to discern about a calling to an specific ministry or service, it is important to consider what our gifts and talents are as well as to be open to the “outsider” voice to listen and allow opportunities for other people’s insight, the rector of your congregation, a friend, a member of your local church, someone you trust and is open to listen and walk with you in the process.
The Episcopal Church as a community of faith offers lost of opportunities to service through ministries at the local level , diocesan networks and wider level. There are many ways in wich, as episcopalians we can make a difference in the lives of others and in the world (explore internship opportunities at episcopachurch/youngadults.org)
Even the smallest thing is significant when do it with love.