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(Photo By Marlena Groomer)


“If you start to think the problem is “out there” stop yourself.  That thought is the problem.” – Stephen Covey

I guess by extension, thinking your answers are “out there” may be correct but waiting for them to find you is a problem as well.  I find myself too frequently, and probably uselessly, engaging in debates over when to rely on God for assistance, when to look within ourselves to provide that same assistance, and when a combination of both is called for.  I believe that The Lord has given us enough (if not more) within ourselves and from those who care about us to overcome and achieve what is in front and ahead of us.  That is of course with the support of His direction, guidance, and strength, when lost or sagging under the weight of the tests of my will since that’s where my own faith serves as the foundation for what and where I want to be.  When thinking I was forsaken, I ended up finding Him after realizing that He never left me and so embarrassed and humbled to think He ever did.

Hope will languish and be extinguished if we fail to do something with it while we have it.  I’ve never met a person who truly understood the meaning of “hope” unless they first had faith that they could actually solve the puzzles to reveal what was hoped for.

I think the most common responses to problems, depending on the degrees of difficulty and overall impact, fall into three general categories. 1) praying and waiting for them to hopefully go away; 2) praying and hoping that someone will save us from them, or 3) taking action after getting so tired of praying and waiting with the realization that we are the solution to the problems, even if were parts of their creation and evolution.  The first two approaches rely on good fortune and luck.  The latter stems from inner motivation, inspiration, and strength, along with an undiscovered reservoir of resources that has to be tapped into that leads to the self-confidence, faith, and belief that we can forge through whatever confronts us.

To this day I don’t know what separates individuals into those categories and whether how much of it’s dependent on nature, nurture, genetics, or the exercise of their independent, individual makeup.  I’m also uncertain what are the components that would allow one to emigrate from one approach to another but for me (not that it probably matters), I’ve kind of adopted the following way of thinking:  “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines”, but then again I’m an impatient optimist fueled by a purpose which fortunately kept me driving forward over the last year or so up until this day.

I completely understand that everyone has their own approaches where patience, faith, and hopeful intervention, are intertwined to formulate a strategy that will lead to favorable results.  In the 1,440 minutes that pass through each day, maybe it makes sense to wait for one of them to reveal the answers to the problems that continually vex them.  I mean really, why shouldn’t it happen when it seems to happen for so many others, right?  Who knows, there’s always the chance so maybe it will and I wish them the best.

For me I just can’t, I won’t, I’m too impatient, and I could not live with any manner of substance for myself if I did.  I don’t know what would humble me more: praying to God for the solution knowing that He’s kind of tied up with larger universal issues without truly trying on my own or, having someone sacrifice more than they should to solve them for me which by the way would be someone’s solution rather than my own.  Trust me I appreciate help where I can get it but I’m still ultimately answerable for what I am, what I have, where I’m at, and where I end up.

Last quote and I’ll end here.  “We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” – Margaret Mead. You know when it’s put that way, I’ll accept those challenges but who am I anyways?  Just me.