Thoughts – Discernment

Everyone is a google away from the information they seek. What you seek, you will find.

In a world where access to information is so easy, what will differentiate good leaders is discernment – to choose rightly.

Discernment is the ability to sift between truth and lies, what’s mine and what’s not, what’s best among the good, what’s right. We have so many options today, to grow or to be stagnant, to learn good things or to fill up with wrong things. Want to get better at math? Want to become a better person? Want to learn how to parent? Want to learn more about God? There are resources available. Why do we find ourselves choosing to intake the junk that’s also available?

What will differentiate the wise and the foolish in this information buffet is the ability to discern rightly and courageously. In a buffet, where everything is laid-out, those who seek to be healthy will find choices to be healthy, and those who approach the table with no purpose, no discernment, will find choices for whatever it is they want.

More than the options and the available choices, it is the decisions we make and the ideas and people we embrace that will determine how our lives turn out.

Our choices matter.

Too many people google their problems to seek answers from strangers. Don’t wonder when the answer leads to pain. Google is great for giving information, for presenting the options, for showing the available roads to take.

Discernment sees many roads but seeks the right path, and which path is that? The path with our Father’s footprints.

Finally, we need the courage to walk in discernment. The right path is useless to those who lack the courage to walk it.

David Bonifacio

David Bonifacio Husband, Father, CEO of Bridge. #DB

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Beth - January 26, 2013 Reply

Yes! Good, sir!

It also baffles me that a lot of people turn to their radios to get advice for love and other life changing events. Overwhelming as it is to process in my mind, I was quickened to realize that there are A LOT of people who are in need of guidance and wisdom in this world. True enough, as you have said it, many people who turn to these “google advice” turns up hurt and still confused.

Thanks for the reminder, sir! 🙂

evelie - January 26, 2013 Reply

Thank you for sharing this Mr. Bonifacio! There’s not a lot of people like you, who write blogs with substance and wisdom. I am always blessed just reading your posts. Again, thank you! 🙂

Anonymous - January 26, 2013 Reply

I remember I had a conversation like this with a friend. Haha! I’m a teenager and a common dilemma is love life. I have this conviction of not having a boyrfriend until I’m ready. In my opinion, during this age, we should prioritize our studies,most of all, of course, God. and I’m encouraging my peers to do the same. When they ask me for advices on their “love life”, I discourage them to pursue something that only pleases themselves and not God. It saddens me that most of my friends began talking behind my back thinking I’m a bad source of information on things like that. In fact, I had experiences in which I learned from and I know that this is right. Only few believe that I’m right. I conclude now it’s true that when people search for information, most of them go through what they found and accept only those that “feels” right and not what “is” right.

Thank you Mr. David Bonifacio. You continue to inspire me with your blog posts (: I like the way you glorify God in every post. May God’s peace and blessing be with you always (:

-Dianne Ubaldo

Ressa - January 30, 2013 Reply

Read this post as soon as it came out and shared it to my wall and our church group. One of the leaders said how timely this post came for him.

I’d just like you to know that as I type this, I shared it to another friend having the same dilemma career wise.

I read it again tonight and realize that no matter how mature or fresh you are in your walk, discernment is a constant and nagging issue for all of us. Specially when there are a lot of appealing and tastier options out there.

I guess the only thing that makes our decisions or choices any different or any wiser from the next person beside us; is to base them on like what you said, “The path with our Father’s footprints.”

Praying that this post encourages the people I’ve shared it with to go running to THE SOURCE 🙂 Thanks again.

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