Discretion as a Virtue


Discretion: dis-cre-tion [di-skresh-uhn] link

1. the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.

2. the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one’s own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.

If there is one virtue anyone in ministry has to be fantastic at, it’s discretion. Knowing when to tell what– to whom.

Heck, if there is one virtue to being a good friend, it’s discretion.

In a low trust society people are asking, “Can I trust you?

The question is: In an age where transparency is a value and discretion is a virtue, how do you reconcile being openly discrete?





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