Creeping Determinism Gets You to Beat Yourself Up

Creeping Determinism Gets You to Beat Yourself Up

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You kick yourself for making that dumb decision! What were you thinking? The team tried a play that just didn’t work—gah! Why’d they blow it?

Introspection is important, but there’s a subtle, insidious error that can slither into our thinking—creeping determinism. It’s a phenomenon where, over time, we begin to look back and realize how a decision wasn’t going to work out; how all the dots were connecting into a spectacular failure. It’s a phenomenon where unexpected events turn into expected events.

And we beat ourselves up, because it was just so obvious that it was going to end up so poorly.  But we can only do this because we now have the ability to put the pieces together in a way that’s impossible and unnatural when we’re still looking forward.   

Phil 3:13-14 AMP   “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

With love, always,

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—Luke

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