Have you ever gotten yourself in one situation after another and wondered to yourself, “Do I have ‘Dummy’ stamped on my forehead?”
This is a good opportunity to do a maintenance check on your level of discretion and a quality control inspection on your advertising.
Discretion – “The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information; quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment”
For example, if you are a woman who dresses provocative, wearing clothing that is tightly fitted and revealing too much skin or posting explicit photos of yourself on the internet, you will attract men who will desire you for what you are advertising. Now let’s fast forward to three months later where you are heartbroken, drowning in your tears with sorrow. If you advertised lust but expected love, then who really deceived who?
Now, if you are a man who boasts and brags about his car, money, clothes and career, then you will attract women who will desire you for what you are advertising. Now let’s fast forward to three months later where you are feeling used because your credit cards are maxed out and all of the statements say, Macys, Chanel, and Coach, she is long gone, your lights are about to be disconnected and you find yourself blaming her for the deception. If you advertised money but expected love, then who really deceived who?
If you are a person who talks about how you are happy being single and that you don’t need anyone but yourself, then you will attract someone who does not desire a relationship. If you advertised casual dating but expected marriage, then who really deceived who?
It is alot like the sexualization in the mainstream media. They often promote products such as shampoo, cologne, cleaning products and hamburgers but use sex as a tool in their advertising campaigns. They draw you in with lust so that you will lust for their products. That may work for selling merchandise but it will only lead to destruction when using the same tactic with human emotions and matters of the heart.
Proverbs tells us that discretion will protect us. It is the armor that God has provided us against predators. This can be in the form of the way you look, speak, dress, behave or write. Hold back on revealing too much of yourself until they expose themselves for what lies within. If you are quiet and allow them to speak enough, their motives will quickly be revealed.
We attract based on what we advertise. It’s the same marketing method that corporations use to measure anticipated profits. It’s called “supply and demand.”
Be discreet and God promises that you will be protected.
“Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:11
Copyright © 2011 by Katrina Smith
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