I’m currently reading this book about discerning and decision making through listening and contemplation.
Here are some of the notes:
- God desires for us to make good decisions and will help us to do so. All we need:
1. Good intention
2. Rely on God
3. Pay attention
- An authentic spirituality is a simple spirituality.
- Holiness leads to joy – moving closer to God means moving closer to a list of peace and joy.
- Make life-giving decisions.
- True discernment teaches us to be self-aware, making honest assessments of our situations and problems.
- There are many decisions made in a day:
– How will I fill up my day? [distinguishing important from irrelevant work]
– How might I serve Christ today? [helping, serving, praying]
– How can I take good care of myself today? [abstaining, spending time with family]
– How will I relate to others? [kindness, forgiveness]
– What sort of attitude will I have? [humility]
- Instead of ignoring decision making or letting external circumstances decide for you, be consciously and prayerfully deciding such things.
See John 10: 1-16 [The Good Shepherd]
“…He walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognise his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognise the voice of strangers.” – John 10:4-5
- Recognise the voice of the Good Shepherd by fine-tuning your spiritual senses so that you can more readily detect and move toward the voice of the Good Shepherd.
- Discernment = determining God’s will
- How? Recognise the motivations and choose the option that comes from God.
- Ignatian discernment isn’t so much about what to do, but who to be. It is about becoming a person in tune with the movements that lead towards God. The doing will flow from the being.
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