Facts

Studious Boy StatueInformation, facts or details that capture or describe what is known.

Don’t confuse facts with reality.  Robert D Ballard

Some people have a peculiar faculty for denying facts.  George Prentice

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.  J Burroughs

We live in a world where facts have lost importance. Once it was expected to have your facts in order before making a statement or a claim. What happened? Much is said and done based on emotions and feelings; facts are secondary and often are ignored. Emotions and feelings are always important, but the world does make more sense when things are more rational and predictable; when we can act and make decisions based on what is known. When we can agree on the facts; the hope of working together toward a common agreement increases.

When “armed” with facts we are in a solid position to better plan, consider various alternatives, and make decisions based on sound judgment and reasoning. Facts are fundamental things that we should be able to count on. There is an extremely high probability that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. We can plan on this. Feelings and emotions often ignore known facts. The more important circumstances and consequences are, the more important knowing the facts before acting becomes. It is one thing to make emotional decisions that only affect us; it is quite another thing to make such decisions when others will be directly or greatly affected.

Responsible people are expected to make decisions based on facts and not on emotions. Most of us have made bad mistakes by making decisions that were not factually based. We wanted a new car, a new home or a new “whatever”. The facts were that the timing was bad, we could not afford the purchase, or it was just a bad idea, period! Emotions and feelings got in the way of facts; we made the bad decision anyway, knowing we were about to make a mistake. Facts are tools and building blocks; helping us to do things rationally and logically. We will make fewer mistakes with fewer regrets, if we do better at “gathering the facts” before making decisions.

Facts can be dull and boring. They may not support our “rationalized decision making”, “messing up” what we wish to do. If we want to spend less time going backwards, fixing our mistakes, and reducing the pain and misery we create, we should pay more attention to them. Our common sense and basic wisdom should lead us to be more factually oriented. It makes sense to keep feelings in check and rely more on the facts of the matter.

Challenge: You can significantly improve the success rate of your decision making by doing a better job of utilizing facts. Fewer mistakes will add to the quality and joy of your life. This requires being more diligent and disciplined in your thinking and actions. You may not get to do some of the things you wanted to do, but you will not have to pay the expensive price of your bad decisions. Do your homework; get the facts before acting.

Wisdom:  Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and evidence. John Adams

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

For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life. Proverbs 6:23

For the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Listen world!! God is in charge! The creator of the universe is sovereign over his creation. He is the creator of all Truth. He provides us the wisdom and knowledge found in the Bible to guide and help us make better decisions. He gave us the Golden Rule and Ten Commandments to help us make better decisions. He sent his Son to free us from the slavery of sin. Understanding and embracing his love we will improve our life and our decision making.

Prayer:  If I am listening to You and following your will in my life, my decisions will be the right decisions.

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