Discernment is another foundational topic for us as we consider how to offer encouragement and care to those in our lives who are hurting. Think about the questions you have when someone you care about is hurting:
- How do I know how God is leading me to help others?
- My friend seems to be having a hard time. How do I know whether to approach them about it or not?
- What do I say to loved ones who are hurting?
- When do I say “yes” to helping someone and when do I need to let others be the ones to help instead?
I know there are books and articles out there that will tell you, “Say this, don’t say that.” “Do this, don’t do that.” But the truth is, what is helpful for one person isn’t necessarily helpful for another. And to make it even more difficult, saying one thing at one moment in time could be hurtful, but saying it a few weeks or even days later is just what they needed to hear.
I have learned that we have to develop discernment so that we can let God be the one to guide us in caring for our friends. So today, I want to walk you through a few simple practices that can help you learn to recognize His voice and His presence in your life. Are you ready?
Let’s encourage one another…
- Mighty KidMin! Online Children’s Ministries Conference (affiliate link)
- “As I grow in my relationship with God, I find that he often uses the repetition of a phrase or word or idea represented in Scripture not only to get, but also to keep my attention.” (Margaret Feinberg)
- “Discover how God has been present with us throughout the day… and for those areas that need cleansing, purifying, and healing.” (Richard Foster)
- “Truth, beauty, and goodness are living realities because they are the attributes of the living and triune God.” (Harry Reeder)