For the past few weeks, I have been buried in the middle of a deep analysis. On many fronts, it is an analysis of my own making. I am truly seeking to know and understand the facts that have led the team I work with to the current moment. I want to learn from history. I desire to move forward in a way that is refreshing and different. Obviously this implies that whatever happens, it is better, more effective, and efficient. As admirable as my intent might be, the process is not an easy one.
What convinces someone that a particular way of conducting an analysis is fair? What kind and quantity of evidence is required to support a particular conclusion? What rationale is needed to give one confidence that a new premise is superior to an old one?
After weeks of analysis, I have no more insight to the questions than I did at the beginning? When I read how others struggling with evidence and questions said, “that convinced them” (Acts 5.40), (Acts 5.40) I wonder what “that” was.
Without having reached a definitive conclusion, let me offer the following ideas.
First, always remain open to new ideas along the way. No matter how compelling one view or another is, time may reveal even greater truth.
Second, even with sincerity and hard work, one's conclusions may be flawed. Sincerity and hard work will reveal partial truths, but not necessarily something complete or final.
Third, in order to have meaning, one must translate analysis into action and held values. Knowledge within one's mind is meaningless, unless one's gives it birth in the ordinary actions of the day.
The process of the past few weeks reminds me of how difficult life can be. It is, in the highs and lows, across the valleys and over the mountains, what it means to live. In every moment, God has been and is present. In each decision, we hold an opportunity to leverage the lessons of our past. Today's opportunities will put God together with us in potentially wonderful ways.
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