Drawing Wrong Conclusions/ Seeing with the eyes of faith
There was an old woman who crossed the Brazilian frontier every day on a motor scooter, with a bag of sand behind her. The customs officer eventually became suspicious and inquired, What have you got in that sack? Only sand, sir, came the reply. The officer emptied the sack and indeed it contained nothing but sand. And so it went for a few weeks. One day, the officer said to the woman, I won't arrest you or say anything to the police, but just tell me are you smuggling or not? Yes, she answered truthfully. Well, what are you smuggling? he pressed her. With a smile, she replied, Scooters and sped off into the distance!
Every one of us draws their own conclusions about things. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. We all do it. Now don't jump to conclusions. Wait until you hear what I have to say. Today, I thought I'd list a few things that would help us avoid drawing the wrong conclusion.
Avoid emotional reasoning. Emotional reasoning can replace clear thinking.
Don’t Oversimplify Resist easy generalizations and either-or thinking
Listen carefully and get all the facts. Many questions have no easy answers. We have to be willing to be uncertain when new evidence questions our conclusions
. I've drawn a few conclusions that have made me uncomfortable with my life. But once I look at them clearly, I can make choices from what I've discerned. The word discernment suggests faith: to ask God for help in choosing the better option. A process that will provide us with the best conclusions we can make at this time.
When decisions involve our faith, we do well to ask God for help and inspiration any and every time it occurs to us to do so. Calmly looking at all the reasons we have on both sides of an issue, it will usually become rather clear which side really is in accord with our values, what will be the better thing to do.
When we draw conclusions in a way that involves our hearts as well as our minds we can feel at peace with our decisions. That is truly a FANTASTIC feeling.
To avoid an embarrassing fall, don’t jump to a wrong conclusion.
I hope your Friday is a FANTASTIC one.