There is far too much data flooding my life. Everywhere I turn, checking mail, catching up with friends, or taking the time to relax and read, I find something new. It is overwhelming. There are certain sources I find myself avoiding because I am tired of bad news. I find myself wondering if I can trust other sources. A third group simply buries me in quantity. I don’t know if what this group is giving me is true or false. Usually I haven’t asked to be I informed. Yet I find myself grabbling with difficult decisions; am I willing to I think about this, am I willing to understand, do I want to know.
As the information continues to overwhelm, I find myself searching for new tools. The best one I have uses a different approach. Rather than trying to constrict the amount of stuff flowing at me, examine the source. Assess the truthfulness and intent of the source. Understand the character behind the flow. Filter on the source using heart held values and priorities as the framework. If you trust the source, then grabble with meaning, understanding, and knowing. Otherwise, turn away towards truth.
A series of questions along this line were presented rhetorically to God of love and compassion; “What expert would he have gone to for advice, what school would he attend to learn justice? What god do you suppose might have taught him what he knows, showed him how things work?” (Isaiah 40.14) Historical evidence tells of an eternity where compassion, love, and mercy were consistent drivers in the middle of evil shaped chaos.
As I listen to an artist tell the story of his heart, I can tell there has been an encounter with the God that understand merciful justice. I feel someone who has met a compassionate sovereign engaged in the details of this life. This is music worthy of my time and understanding!
As I read one author I find myself drawn to truth, not pulled away. Again, this is worthy investment. Discover, focus, and stay with the Source.
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