Facing the facts

Before making a decision, I want to know all the facts in order to be informed on why a decision should be made a certain way.  To many people, facts get in the way of their pursuits and hidden agendas, and they would rather hide them from others.  I don’t know if they just don’t want the input of others or if they are blind themselves to the truth. 

Our decisions to speak before we have the facts or to push agendas without understanding the surrounding or the atmosphere will bring embarrassment, regret, anger, and a weakened influence.  Sometimes being pushy and loud will make others back down and give in to things.  Maybe the person believes that is what others desire or what is best.  Yet, over times people will only get frustrated and stand up for what they believe is right.  The scriptures tell us to do nothing from selfishness (Philippians 2), and that means that we must be willing to work with others.  I have seen a great deal of hurt and troubles come from choices to do things dishonestly or too forcefully.  Know the facts, and find what is right.  Learn when to speak and when not to speak.  Stand up for what you believe in, but work for the good of others and with others.  The consequences of overreaching may be life changing. 

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