Pay attention to the people God puts in your path if you want to discern what God is up to in your life.— Henri Nouwen
Sentimental Discernment quotations
When God moves, everybody will be blessed.
If something is of the flesh, everybody will have a sick feeling. And if something is of the devil, it seems like the hair will stand up on your neck. That's a simple way everyone can judge, whether they've got any spiritual discernment or not.
Men have such a good opinion of themselves, of their mental superiority and intellectual depth; they believe themselves so skilled in discerning the true from the false, the path of safety from those of error, that they should be forbidden as much as possible the perusal of philosophic writings.
Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.
There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
We were alone. Where, I could not say, hardly imagine. All was black, and such a dense black that, after some minutes, my eyes had not been able to discern even the faintest glimmer.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often, the Lord's timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Organizational effectiveness does not lie in that narrow minded concept called rationality. It lies in the blend of clearheaded logic and powerful intuition
A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.
Tolerance once meant that we could use our reason to discern good and evil in open debate. Today tolerance has been used to call good evil and evil good.
Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment - that which they cannot anticipate.
Opinions are like nipples, everybody has one.
Some have firm points, others are barely discernible through layers, and some are displayed at every opportunity regardless of whether the audience has stated "I am interested in your nipples" or not.
Leaders are people who can discern the inevitable and act accordingly.
When people talk about business acumen, discernment is a big part of it. It's a bit like gut instinct, but a little more developed.
If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. Its your restlessness that causes chaos.
The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim.
To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.
Character is revealed in the power to discern the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering; in the ability to detect the hunger of others when we are hungry; and in the power to reach out and extend compassion for the spiritual agony of others when we are in the midst of our own spiritual distress.
This is a time when all of God's people need to keep their eyes and their Bibles wide open. We must ask God for discernment as never before.
Truth is not to be found either in traditional capitalism or in Marxism.
Each represents a partial truth. Historically, capitalism failed to discern the truth in collective enterprise and Marxism failed to see the truth in individual enterprise.
The practice of the Christian life consists of the discernment of (the seeing and hearing), and the reliance upon (the reckless and uncalculating dependence), and the celebration (the ready and spontaneous enjoyment) of the presence of the Word of God in the common life of the world.
True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong;
it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.
Because only slow food can teach us the things that really matter - care, beauty, concentration, discernment, sensuality, all the best that humans are capable of, but only if we take the time to think about what we're eating.
Let me see if I've got this Santa business straight.
You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn't laundering illegal drug money?
Curation is more than packaging-it is to help readers [discern] what is important in the world.
We should not confuse complete faith in God with complete faith in our ability to discern God's voice.
The kinds of nets we know how to weave determine the kinds of nets we cast.
These nets, in turn, determine the kinds of fish we catch.
We are taught that the body is an ignorant animal intelligence dwells only in the head. But the body is smart. It does not discern between external stimuli and stimuli from the imagination. It reacts equally viscerally to events from the imagination as it does to real events.
Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence, but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.
Mankind may amuse themselves with theoretic systems of liberty.
.. but we can only discern its true value by the practical and wretched effects of slavery.
Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.
EDUCATION IS VITAL TO DISCERN BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING
A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding.
When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.
We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future;
men of discernment deal only with the present moment.