“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” Plato
Last night, I attended a memorial service for a good friend’s husband. It was one of those shocking and unexpected deaths that leaves everyone confused. It did remind me that the plans and directions we make for ourselves don’t always pan out. In fact, our journey is much more about faith.
It’s interesting how growing in faith and in knowledge tend to work together. We often think that we can figure out everything for ourselves by weighing the pros and the cons, but finding the right path and direction takes a different kind of “smart.” Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
The older I am, the more I’m convinced of the need for God’s leadership in decision-making.
“A few honest men are better than numbers.” Oliver Cromwell
I’ve always enjoyed math, but have never been good at remembering numbers. It’s funny what numbers I have memorized: my social security number, my cousin’s phone number, and the birth dates of my family members.
In the end, having a strong family and a few good and honest friends is more valuable than having a large following. Isn’t it interesting though that fame and fortune are still sought by many?
“There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.” James Thurber
“When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.” W.E.B. Du Bois
We spend a lot of time helping children understand that numbers are simply representations of something visible. Making that connection is not only difficult for children, but we adults barely get it.
When the tsunami hit Japan recently, the horrifying pictures impressed on our minds the reality that the numbers couldn’t accomplish. Watching a person drown visibly presents our brain with a better understanding than hearing that “one person died.” We often hear the news presented with numbers, but until the reality of that number becomes real, we may remain unmoved.
Oh, that we might gain God’s vision so that we can help when others are in need.
“We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” Jean Guitton
What importance do numbers have in your life?