Tuesday, April 6, 2010

To be discreet...

What exactly does it mean to be discreet?  Unfortunately my "Created to be His Helpmeet" book is on loan, so I had to go and grab my good, old Websters 1828 dictionary and look it up. 

The literal sense is, separate, reserved, wary, hence discerning.
1.  Prudent; wise in avoiding errors or evil, and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash.
2.  With nice judgment of what is best to be done or omitted.

I just want to give you and myself something to chew on for today, nothing really deep - I am not usually a deep kind of person. :)


Looking at the definition of the word discreet (sometimes spelled discrete), I find myself challenged.  The first person in the Bible that came to my mind was Mary, the mother of Jesus.  I would call her a discreet woman.  The Bible tells us that just after Jesus was born, when many amazing things were happening in Mary's life, she simply pondered them in her heart.  She did not rush to respond, or feel like she had to say or do something.  She simply pondered.

Webster says to be discrete means to be separate.  Separate from what or whom? To be reserved and wary; and because you are reserved (restrained from freedom in words or actions; backward in conversation; not free or frank) and wary (catious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices and dangers; scrupulous; timorously prudent) you will be able to be discrete.

The Bible says that among other things, a woman should be discreet.  Why? That the word of God be not blasphemed.


How could being discreet cause the word of God not to be blasphemed?
How could you being discreet be a blessing to your husband?
Your home?
Can you think of a woman in your life today who is characterised by discretion?
What are some areas that you can be discreet in today?
Give me your thoughts on this subject.
(Soon I will figure out how to let you email me directly from my blog.)


It's Tinyla said...

Hello everyone! I am happy to report that you can now leave comments on my blog! - T

raising3princesses said...

it popped right up this time! You must have fixed it!

Interesting post...I like the application part. I LOVE the Created to Be book!!

Love you, Maria

amanda said...

good lesson, Tinyla. Discretion is sadly lacking in many of our lives.


kansasgirl said...

Thanks for this! I stole the verse for my status =)


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