Ministry Musings: Discernment Is…(4)

Discernment is paying attention to “nudges.”

We’ve all had moments when we “just feel like I’m supposed to do something.”  Clearly, those moments are not always correct, but they are important.  We must not ignore them.

Here are some examples of “nudges” that can lead us into discernment….

(1) “time seems to stand still when I do this.”

(2) “I feel like I could do this forever”

(3) “I’ll regret this the rest of my life if I don’t do it.”

(4) “the feeling just won’t go away.”

(5) “I feel like I was made for this.”

(6) “this is who I am.”


A lot of the time we need to move these impressions into conversations with people we trust, for each of these has the potential to be wrong.  But we must also realize that nudges are often the way we begin to pay attention to things—the keys that at least unlock the door, so we can walk into a larger reality and see if it is God’s will for us.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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