After being in the school system for thirty-seven years, I see the world from a classroom perspective. For instance, for me, life is a compilation of daily pop quizzes. The trials and storms we go through are tests—lessons that must be learned and passed in preparation for our final exist-exam.
Even though I no longer work in a school, I kept some of my old habits like tacking things on bulletin boards as reminders. But instead of using a cork board, I use a mental board to keep important information front and center.
Tack it on the bulletin board.
Here’s how my board works: This board is to tack people on. When I mentally put a person on my special bulletin board, as my grandmother used to say, “That one bears watching.” They have either said something or done something to put a negative check in my spirit. It’s not that they obviously did anything outwardly crazy, but just enough to trigger the caution light.
Faith to discern!
We have to have enough faith in our instincts to know when our caution light has been activated. Don’t ignore the warnings. God talks to us in many different ways. Being able to discern when to keep your distance is certainly one of those ways. That flashing light could be telling you not to start a business with that person, or trust that person with your children, or it could reveal—don’t marry that one.
Tacking a person onto the bulletin board doesn’t necessarily mean you are judging them—just assessing them—keeping them at bay as you use godly wisdom.
Some people don’t belong in your inner circle.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7)
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