Hard Cold Facts

DSC_5974The basics, the black and white of it; the naked truth

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are. Harry S Truman

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. Maya Angelou

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong. Thomas Fuller

  Having hard cold facts are a basic necessity in evaluating or determining all kinds of aspects of life, such as decisions, challenges, alternatives, “what ifs”, problem solving and other such things. The more we have the rights facts and make proper use of them the better choices and determinations we can make. Using hard cold facts is very vital and fundamental in determining and uncovering truths as well as in successful living.

Most of us know what it is to “go off half-cocked”. We have made hasty decisions or determinations with less information than we should have had or used information that was incomplete, false or unreliable. We know those who are prone to do this sort of thing on a regular basis. We are sometimes too quick to judge, when we should have been much more deliberate and careful in our gathering and determining the basic facts about something that requires our attention. Quick determinations is okay in matters of little or no importance. When it comes to things that are major and have serious or long-lasting consequences, having the “hard cold facts” is essential to our making the best decisions and determinations. Anything less, means we are flying by the seat of our pants and are in danger of not being adequately prepared to make proper evaluations. When we fail to make the best decisions we often cause harm and difficulties to ourselves as well as others.

Fact finding is a process which requires necessary degrees of diligence and patience in order to excel at it. Some facts are easy to obtain, others can be very difficult and require a focused effort and a perseverant attitude. It follows the more important the matter, the more time and effort that is warranted to get to the hard cold facts. Being open-minded, unemotional, and unbiased is essential to the process if we are to do our very best at sifting through all the information available and arriving at the hard cold facts.

It is one thing to successfully acquire needed hard cold facts. It is quite another to take those facts and come to a proper conclusion concerning those facts. Sometimes facts, truths, right and wrongs and all the ingredients do not come together nicely and neatly packaged. It is not always easy to decide, but facts do help in coming closer to doing the right things and making better decisions.

Challenge: How often do you react or make decisions without the necessary facts and information in hand you need in proportion to the “bigness” or importance of the situation? It can be too easy to act, decide or respond without all the needed facts at your disposal. Haste does great harm. It is often better to be more like the tortoise than the hare. The situation may well warrant you carefully taking the time and effort to make your best decision.

Wisdom: Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin Fisher

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The lack of wisdom, knowledge and understanding hampers all of us in our ability to make many of life’s decisions that are always facing us. Along with this, lack of confidence holds us back and keeps us from moving forward or being as proactive as perhaps we should be. We have access to these things from the Creator and Inventor of them. God is always there, waiting, willing and wanting to help us to better face Life’s difficulties.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my doubts and fears and be able to better move forward with Life’s challenges.

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