FACT VERSUS MEANING

DATA OR EMOTION

There are many things that impacts how you make our our everyday decisions. Today I want to focus the principle of “Fact versus Meaning” which when applied in your decision making process will bring your more clarity.

Think about it…  Suppose that your good friend does not respond to an important email that you sent. This experience would be a fact. As you ponder why he did not respond, emotions emerge, which become a distraction to the fact. This is where a meaning is formed; “perhaps he doesn’t really care about me?”

Then the meaning becomes your point of focus and has power to influence you more so than the fact, because it has emotion tied to it.

When you come right down to it, facts have little to no impact on life because they don’t carry the same power! Meaning becomes the driving force behind your next step. These interpretations or assumptions become our facts because meaning has emotion. This principle can take a while to sink in, but a fact has no emotion.

The fact that someone just cut you off the road means nothing. The fact that you are overweight means nothing. The fact that you just lost your job or a ton of money means nothing. I am not saying that these realities are not important, but if you pause long enough to see what meaning is derived from your emotional response, you will learn how to better process life’s challenges.

Facts are eternal in nature, they can’t be changed. How you view a fact can be changed based on how you handle your emotions.

Example:
FACT, your pet died! While this is really sad and you feel awful, the eternal nature of the fact does not change.
MEANING: In your emotion you start to believe, “my life will never be the same, I don’t think I can live without her”. This point of view becomes the lens through which you see the fact that your pet died. You can change your meaning, but you can’t change the fact.

Let’s look at some other examples. Suppose your employer, professor or pastor walks by you and He doesn’t even notice you exist. This incident would go in the fact box. The state of mind your are in will determine your meaning. Possibilities include thoughts such as, he doesn’t care about me, or he must really be busy, or I knew I was not that important. Once again, what will you process more intently, the fact or the meaning you placed on the experience?

People can assign entirely different meanings to the very same experience or fact. Two people will inevitably see things at least two different ways based on the varied realities of each person’s life.

Current example:
Fact: Donald J. Trump was elected president of the USA.
MEANINGS: Thank God, he is just the man we have been looking for and now we can see some positive change! or Oh no, he is such a _______, our nation is doomed!

You hear both meanings all the time on the news. The fact that he is president is no longer the focus and with both meanings there are problems. In the first, a person may not see his flaws which need addressed. In the second meaning the person can miss good things he is doing.

So, if you assign meaning to an experience, no matter the type, you have just decided in your own mind your perspective, a view-point you made up. The meaning is something you determined and when it becomes the point of focus, it becomes your made-up fact. That means the experience is no longer important because the meaning is your basis for your next decision or reaction.

Once you make any fact or experience mean something, whether positive or negative, you must create more events to support your meaning.

As work this principle out this week, I would love to hear back from you with testimonies of how you shifted fact to meaning and then back to fact again.

Have a great week,
Rob 

HOPE ENVISIONS THE FUTURE

Eager Anticipation

Have you ever heard that God is the source of hope! Yes, it is true, read Romans 15:13. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Often, we get distracted by hope for things, rather than asking for the revelation of the source of hope. People and things will often let us down, but when you refocus on the Originator of Hope you will find His peace and joy which sustains you. From this relationship, you will overflow with hope and thereby be an encouragement to the people you interact with each day.

“I hope to get a new car” is not a bad thing, but hope will not get you a new car. Think about it, how many things have you hoped for during your life time that never came to pass? Hope deferred makes the heart-sick. (Proverbs 13:12)

Perhaps a perspective change is in order, because FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Hope is an open window to opportunity, but it is faith that makes things possible.

When your hope comes from God, then having faith for the provision for the the “thing you hope for” becomes possible.

So be filled with eager anticipation today as you receive this revelation of hope from God. Talk to Him about your experience with hope and let Him renew your vision!

Have a great week!
Rob

Rob Stoppard of Destiny Unlimited International and Paul Short of Face to Face Space invite you to a day of discovering the freedom of your true identity and purpose while growing in a meaningful relationship with God, and others.

We have found that many people desire a more interactive learning experience that mentors their growth process rather than sitting through a day of lectures. Our approach follows this pattern; you receive INFORMATION that becomes REVELATION that creates TRANSFORMATION – producing a powerful impact on your life!

YOUR NEXT STEP is different than typical conferences in that we share principles that you are given time to process and activate throughout the day. Our hope is that you come away with a heart-felt sense of inspiration and confidence to live out your destiny with God.

Topics include:

  • How to live life with purpose and confidence
  • Learn to make decisions from a solid platform
  • Learn to activate freedom daily
  • Discover that glory lives in you
  • Activate your dreams
  • Receive and implement divine wisdom and understanding
  • Believe that you are not alone
  • You are a key member of the Body of Christ

DATE AND TIME: Sat, Sept 16, 2017 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

PRICE: $67/person (by 8/31) $87/person (9-1)

LOCATION: The Mansion on Main 3000 Main Street Voorhees NJ

After our introductory meeting on July 13, Pastor Karen Lightfoot (Riverlution Church, Riverside, NJ) gave this testimony:

“Hi Rob… I wanted to write to say THANK YOU to you and Paul for offering your time, talents and gifts to us last night. We left feeling inspired and ready to tackle any obstacles that await us. Looking forward to seeing where God will take this.”

Please register before August 31 at the early bird price of $67 per person. The regular price of $87 per person, will take affect on September 1, 2017.

Price includes lunch served by the staff of the Mansion on Main.

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Paul Short www.facetofacespace.com

Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Event: YOUR NEXT STEP
Topic: YOUR NEXT STEP
Sponsor: Rob Stoppard
Venue: The Mansion on Main
Location: 3000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Public: Public
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