Sunday, January 22, 2012

Define Discretion

My wife spoke at a girl’s conference this weekend on the topic of becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.  Her topic is “the Discreet Woman.”   She asked if I would help her with her topic, so we’ve spent a lot of time studying what the Bible says about discretion, and I think it would be good to share with the Proverbs and Wisdom readers what we’ve learned; it’s transformational in it’s simplicity.

I think we all have an idea of what discretion is, especially when it comes to how you dress, at least with women; that word is less used with men.  A woman who is showing a lot of skin is often said to be indiscreet.  The word is also used in reference to our speech.  Someone who is discreet in the way they speak is often quiet and a good confidant. 

If you look up the word “discreet”, you’ll find that it means “showing prudence and circumspection” or “modestly unobtrusive; unostentatious”, which really doesn’t help define it much at all as these words are all really synonyms not explanations.

It’s still this very vague idea.  A moral code that we know to be true, but the lack of solid definition leaves it to be easily broken. But discretion actually does have a very simple principle that we can use to define it . . . Read the rest of the article at Proverbs and Wisdom.

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