Read: “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.”
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:7-11 (NIV)
Reflect: Can you imagine that if in all situations we were able to discern what is best and wisest choice? As a parent, this would be tremendously helpful. In our marriages, friendships, on the job…imagine having the superpower where we always knew the best and right decision to make. Paul prays this powerful prayer for the Philippians and I have found myself dwelling on these four simple words: discern what is best.
This has become a daily mantra for me and a way I can continually lean into God each day. God, help me to discern what is best here. What is the wise choice? How can I honor you? It has become a simply way for me to remember to look to God and pause to remember his perspective instead of rushing my own direction.
React: In two or three moments today, try and pause and ask God to help you discern what is the best choice to make. Take 30 seconds or a minute and ask God for wisdom.
Pray: God, thank you that you are available to us. You want to help us live wisely and honor you with our choices. Amen