How can you be discreet in this age of social media? Almost every event and opinion is broadcast through cyberspace for public judgment. Most would agree that the internet is a powerful tool to spread uplifting and informative content through tweets, blogs, posts and pins. But sometimes, this unregulated medium is devastating when discretion is forgotten.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
– Proverbs 2:11 (New International Version)
So, what does it mean to be discreet?
It does not mean to keep secrets or to behave in a sneaky or deceitful way. For example, you should not refer to someone as “discreet” if they have an affair with someone’s spouse and do very well at keeping it quiet. That would be an inaccurate use of the word.
To be discreet has much more substance and responsibility…
– to be wise in speech or written word
– respectful of delicate matters
– avoid causing offense by one’s actions or words
– prudence with regards to one’s own conduct
– to select the best means to accomplish a purpose
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. – Proverbs 3:21-22
Discretion requires wisdom and wisdom is a prerequisite for power. I believe you can still be “real” or “transparent” with others you are connecting with while also being discreet. I admire the way Jesus spoke in parables to encourage and teach. His purpose was to love, not judge. He used discernment. Even during public correction, He was kind to protect the identities and feelings of others. Social media is the new public arena. You and I can follow His example. Our words can be intentional, impactful and discreet.