What does it take to be successful at practicing discernment? The first pillar to lean on is Faith, and this makes sense since the acquired virtue of discernment falls under the auspices of the theological virtue of Faith. Without faith, what is there to discern? You need faith; you need to believe in God, to care what God thinks about what you do and the decisions that you make, if discernment is to serve its purpose.
The first thing that you need to come to grips with is the fact that you have never been in control. With Faith, you understand that it is God who is the one with all of the control. Every time we think we are the ones in control, and act as if we are in control, we must come to recognize that we might be losing out on even better things, circumstances and relationships because we close ourselves off to discerning what God wants for us.
With Faith, we need to put our full trust in God. We need to recognize that we will be far better off if we do so, because He can see the full plan, the big picture, and we can only see bits and pieces. Because He knows the master plan and how we fit into it, we should seek His Counsel, and then with Faith begin discerning His will.
What is the second pillar to lean on when practicing discernment? We’ll answer that question in our next reflection on the virtue of discernment. Don’t miss it!