Dear Windermere Friends,
Week 36 – Problems are solvable
Sometimes I grow frustrated when problems never get solved. Maybe you are that way. I have been at Windermere long enough to where, when I see a reoccurring problem. I ask myself – is this an unsolvable problem? Then I am reminded that there are no unsolvable problems. They just seem that way. Maybe I haven’t found the right person to help, or I haven’t worked long enough or hard enough or maybe I haven’t thought it through enough.
One thing is certain, everyone has problems. I recall an old story told to me by a mentor –
A monk takes a vow of silence. He’s silent for five years, and then he goes to the head monk. The head monk congratulates him on his achievement, and offers a chance to say two words. The monk utters, “Bed hard.”
Five more years pass. Finally the monk sees the head monk again. He is allowed two more words after these ten years. “Food bad.”
Five years later, the monk is allowed to speak after a total of fifteen years. His words: “I quit.” “Well, you might as well quit. You’ve been complaining ever since you got here,” replies the head monk.
I know problems can be solved. The key to it all is the right mindset. God’s Word helps me keep a good mindset. I hope a couple of verses can help you. I love what Romans 8:18 says in the J.B. Phillips translation.
In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us.
The Apostle Paul is always good to keep his eyes on the future glory rather than just just wallow in the mud of a sticky problem. I like that. Problem solving can be a little frustrating. It can create stress in the life of a leader. The reoccurring problems can make you lose sleep.
But, when we focus on the Lord our problems become “next to nothing.” In factjust this one verse gives us a
problem solving plan. First, resolve to keep working through your problems. Don’t give up. Second, keep your problems in perspective. I love the words “next to nothing.” Thirdly, keep motivated by the hope of God’s magnificent future. Hope is a problem solver!
Problems can be solved!
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.All power to him forever! Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NLT)
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