Daily Thoughts, November 17, 2004
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Final Evidence

Business cases and logical proof statements are interesting things.  After the rhetoric, when one has finally waded through presentations and appendices, dug through the formulas in the worksheets, and digested the message, one discovers that there is no absolute proof that the ideas presented are actually “the” right ones.  Business leaders take evidence and propose ideas they believe to be probably true.  Public policy leaders can talk about new plans, great programs, and incredible results, but they are just ideas with no final proof statement as to their ability to actually do what they are supposed to do.  It crosses every spectrum of life.  Ideas involving relationship are just that, ideas.  Ideas in and of themselves always rely on the variable of choice and the freedom that swirls around it.  Put lots of choices together, project potential interactions, and add the factor of time; the sense of how improbable any new idea is begins to take shape.
The lack of evidence transcends from great ideas and programs right through to the individual.  The world is full of those who talk a great game but never deliver.  Almost every paper I pick up captures yet another story of how the evidence tells a story of broken trust, lost confidence, and bad choices.  Each story is in itself a microcosm of the problem.  People like and want one image while enjoying the self centric lifestyle of something quite different!  Being true to your word or any other kind of standard almost seems old fashion.
Is it?
I strongly believe the evidence given by one’s walk is the best evidence, perhaps final, of your true values and priorities.  When someone doesn’t believe your words then Jesus’ reply is the right one.  “I told you, but you don't believe.  Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words.”  (John 10.25)  The question sitting unasked is what are our actions?  What do they tell others?  Given our insider knowledge, what do they tell our self?  Today is an opportunity to tell our message.

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