Today I’m praying for discretion. Discretion is determining what should be done or not done in a particular situation. As someone who has always been a “doer” I have the tendency to act and I’m learning a lot of this action is based on what I think is best and what should be done. This is the hurdle of pride I must overcome.
Pride makes impossible demands on others and will not be satisfied until these impossible demands are met and is never satisfied. It is the cause of division, resentment and bitterness in relationships. I become like the scribes and the Pharisees in a unilateral relationship with Jesus demanding He perform a sign to be worthy of their esteem. My heart is closed and not open to God’s goodness.
To counter pride, I need to make demands on myself. I must grow in humility, selflessness, and authentic love in imitation of the Lord. I need to live in modesty with an open and pure heart, rather than testing God and being demanding.
The Pharisees and Sadducees came and, to test him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven.Matthew 16:1
Thank you Lord for giving me discretion and allowing me to seek You with a humble heart.