The Problem with Problems

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I love to point out problems.

I take joy in examining your processes.  If you tell me that you are going to do A,B,C and E than I will be quick to point out that you forgot ‘D’.  This can be a wonderful thing.  It can help streamline processes, refine ideas and prevent further issues.  I am really good at it and it can be a horrible thing to do.

Here is the problem with problems, it can skew your perspective and it can put you quickly in control.

What happens when you zoom in and focus on one thing?  It becomes the one thing you see!

What happens when you zoom in and focus on one thing? It becomes the one thing you see!

You may be looking close at a water leak in your yard and fretting about it.  If you step back than you would see that leak is feeding a beautiful flower garden.

You may be so close to a perceived problem that is takes up all your focus and blocks out other things.

Have you lost time with family members because you were too focused on a perceived problem?  How about sleep?  How about you health?  How about joy? We will take the amazing blessings that we have been given and sacrifice them to a perceived slight.

Have you ever met someone who worries about that one thing all the time?  Their marital status or lack of it?  Their finances?  Their waist size?  Do they take their joy away?  Do they take your joy away?  What are they missing because their focus is too narrow?

Let it go!

Know that a problem may be there, acknowledge the problem, maybe work on a solution, but do not let it take up your focus.  Frankly, it just is not about you and God has a bigger plan.

God is really in control. We may not realize it but when we focus on a problem than we won’t make room for God in what we can see.
God is really in control.  We may not realize it but when we focus on a problem than we won’t make room for God in what we can see.  We take control.  We will fix things that don’t need fixing.  We will worry about things that zap our energy.  

Think about it.

Think of all the things in your life that you fretted about that God use for good?  That break-up?  That move?  That lay-off?  One thing for me, it was moving to a state that I swore I would never live in (Sorry, Texas) to bring about amazing spiritual revival and health in my family.

Think about penicillin, corn flakes, the pacemaker and post-it notes – all mistakes or problems that led to great successes.

Think about God!

I would say breaking bread with your known betrayer would be a problem for me.  It was not a problem for God.  It was part of His plan to bring us the Savior of the world.

Think about that! Stop thinking about that little problem.