Discernment: Donít Leave Home Without It!

by Angie Lewis
Heaven Ministries

 

I believe the most often overlooked area for young single adults living on their own is that of personal security. They just donít take the added precautions that a young person should when out on their own. The notion that nothing bad will ever happen to them is false security. Discernment dictates that we be careful of what we do, who we trust, and be aware of our surroundings at all times.

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. (Proverbs 10:13 NIV)

Lock Doors At Night

Many young adults have this mistaken belief that bad things wonít happen to them, but this attitude breeds carelessness. Statistically speaking the most vulnerable person will be preyed upon first before those who take the added precautions to watch their back. The fact of the matter is, predators have been known to break into homes during the day while people were home and rape and, or kill the occupants.  Why make it easy? Lock doors and windows!

Donít Go Out Alone At Night

The chances of being raped or murdered are much, much greater when a woman is alone. Women who go out in pairs are less vulnerable and less prone to becoming a kidnap victim or worse. 

Donít Trust People Until You Really Know Them

How will you know if you really know someone? The best way to know someone is to find out who else knows them. And ask tons of questions. Where did they come from? What school have they gone to? Where do their parents live? Where do they work? Why are they now in your town? Be judicious with new people you meet. 

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. Ė From Poor Richards Almanack

Donít Rely On Cell Phone

Your cell phone will only alert emergency, and to the possible location to where you are at; it will not save you from being robbed, raped, beaten, or murdered.

Lock Car Doors

Did you hear about the woman who was filling out her checkbook in the Wal-Mart parking lot, during the day, and a bad guy came out from nowhere and tried to get into her car? She stayed safe because she was wise Ė she had her car doors locked. Parking lots are a hot spot for bad people to prey upon the hopeless, vulnerable and unwise.

Keep Car Properly Maintained

Having a car that is running sound may keep you from breaking down on some lonely stretch of road. Donít allow yourself to be driving around in a beater, especially if alone. Take the needed precautions and keep your vehicle tuned.

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of a fool suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20 NIV)

Don't Wear Skimpy Clothing

If your breasts, belly or behind is sticking out of your clothing, that means you are asking for trouble from many of the perverts on the street. Why reveal a a part of yourself that should be reserved for your husband?  Respect yourself. Be smart by dressing smart. When you are married you can wear skimpy clothing for your husband in your own bedroom.