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Before After the Fact
By: Dr. Skip Myers
posted October 15, 2007
Skip-ology – Every time I look at my elbow
I am reminded of my own stupidity. My elbow is one big scar that
serves to remind me that no matter how good the idea may seem you can’t
ride your bicycle down a hill with your hands crossed on the handle
bars. The steering will begin to shake and the bike will shimmy
and you will get severely injured. So please learn from my
ignorance and don’t try this at home or any other place for that matter.
Every scar on our bodies serves as a reminder to something we wish we
could have avoided. Accidents, surgeries, or injuries it really doesn’t
matter how they got there. What matters is that every scar
carried with it the price of pain. Remembering the events
surrounding those scars makes us wish we had been something different
before the fact rather than having the scar after the fact.
I truly believe that too much of life is lived after the fact.
This causes us to live life from a reactionary standpoint rather than a
proactive standpoint. We spend much of our time dealing with the
results of things rather than planning so that a different outcome
could be experienced. If I would just plan to lay off the cookies and
cake then I wouldn’t have to go through the agony of beginning a diet
once again. If I would just watch my mouth before I speak I
wouldn’t have to be constantly apologizing for hurting your feelings.
If I would place my plans before the Lord for His guidance and wisdom I
wouldn’t have to be praying that He would bail me out of trouble once
Let me share with you five passages of scripture that suggests that we
will be much better off in life if we would just let the Lord direct
“before the fact” instead of expecting Him to clean up after the fact.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the
door of my lips.
Proverbs 16:1 The plans of the heart belongs to man, but the answer of
the tongue is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord and you plans will be
Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on
your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will
make your paths straight.
The one thing all these verses seem to have in common is that we will
be much better off if we would just let God in on things before the
fact. Try establishing three simple principles in your life to
help in this area. First, question rather than apologize.
Thoroughly examine what you are about to do or say before you do it.
Allowing emotions to direct our mouths and paths will eventually let
something come out that should have stayed in. Second, take
responsibility before you act. You are ultimately responsible for how
your words and actions affect others. Before you speak or act know that
you are responsible for after the fact. Lastly, commit your ways to the
Lord for His guidance and direction. It is so much better to allow the
Lord to direct before the fact rather than direct the clean up after
the fact. Rest assured, He will be there if clean up is needed but He
would much rather be involved from the start.
This may seem like such a small thing compared to other spiritual
realities. But just imagine how each of our lives would be
affected if we would just let the Lord guide before the fact. It
all boils down to keeping Him in front of us at all times. See
Him first instead of making Him an after thought after the fact. So why
not begin now by planning to join us in His House this Sunday instead
of wishing you had after the fact on Monday morning as you face another
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