Remember the Christmas movie that is a favorite by many, A Wonderful Life? If you’ve seen it then you know that Clarence, the guardian angel takes George down memory lane to show his life in flashback. I don’t know who my Clarence is but I’ve been having flashbacks of my life and I’ve been shocked and what I didn’t see. When I say I had an awakening, I cannot say it enough.
I’ve read that the more you practice discernment the better you get at it. I think it’s like a bird or any animal in the wild. When they are first born they are not aware of sounds or smells that endanger them. But it’s not long before they know the sounds of gunfire, the smell of a human, the animals and prey that endanger them. We are all created with the ability to sense or judge when there is something wrong. I think God gave us that so we could protect ourselves. I think it’s strange that animals practice it daily but humans can’t seem to grasp it.
Animals know when they are in danger. They spot their enemy miles away and make preparations to avoid getting hurt or killed. Humans most of the time know their enemies too but for some reason cannot make preparations to avoid getting hurt. We continue to expose ourselves to hurtful and toxic people. Knowing their capabilities. If you want to predict the pattern of someone, look at their history.
As I look back at the flashbacks of my life I see where I put myself in danger and exposed myself to toxic relationships. I see the danger of falling prey to manipulation and so many other toxic traits. But now, I can hear conversations in stores, restaurants, and public places and think this person is toxic. This person is lying, manipulating, gaslighting. It’s like I have a built-in radar going off continuously.
I know I have spent the majority of my years putting myself in danger and not using my God-given abilities to discern toxic traits in people. I am so thankful that I am now awake and I see things clearly. I know I could still be spending another year or decade in danger and not utilizing my radar.
Shoutout to my Clarence for showing me flashbacks and giving me so much hope for my wonderful life.