"The quest for solid, workable solutions demands effort, time and patience. Ideally, a lot of prayer is involved, coupled with a willingness to heed God's guidance. Searching for workable answers to problems requires personal investment on my part, yet the victory of overcoming a problem is so rewarding that I am finally coming to a point of understanding how character is truly developed through the challenges. Continual efforts to work through, then beyond problems prevent me from becoming stagnant. Beyond that, I am then in a healthy position to reach out to others who experience similar challenges." [Excerpt from my book Worthy In His Eyes: Part Five: CREATED TO BEAR FRUIT...Chapter Five: PROBLEMS X ANSWERS = VICTORY] © Kathleen M. Pritchard
Life's challenges don't always work out the way we hope they will, regardless of how much faith we have. Sometimes we can be misguided as Christians, placing harsh judgment on our own spiritual walk...or anothers...because valley after valley of struggle and heartache are experienced. I'm sure all of us have asked this question: Why do I have to endure these tough battles?
If God permitted life to coast along with no problems or challenges, how could we possibly grow? We would never understand the power of love when it reaches out to us through someone else during a difficult time. There would be no "need" for compassion toward others. We would never "need" God. How often would we really commune with Him in an intimate manner? How many times a day would we even give Him a second thought? We would never experience His faithfulness, comfort or unconditional love. We would never have a "need" to ask for or extend forgiveness--from/to each other, or from God. We would never experience the joy and hope we have through Christ for eternal life--a place where tears and heartache do not exist.
It has taken me quite awhile to come to this realization. I don't always "remember" or readily accept tough situations or frustrating limitations but I am learning to step back now...to look at, and explore possible options/alternatives and ultimately workable solutions. This requires a personal investment on my part. Some efforts will not work, but I am learning this is not failure--it is the opposite. Each time an effort is genuinely made to conquer a problem, whether that effort works out or not, I have jumped a small hurdle successfully. That option has been tested and it becomes clear that it's not a workable solution. So I toss it away, and test another. Being proactive in this way keeps my head clear without the baggage of tools which are useless to my progress. A very good thing.
God is fully capable of "fixing" every problem/difficulty that crosses our path. Sometimes He will choose to do so, other times He will choose not to because He wants us to grow...to learn...to trust, [especially Him]...to become stronger in character....to understand the gifts of compassion and wisdom from others so we can pass along those same blessings to others.
Fulfilling God's plan for our lives through a genuine desire to serve Jesus Christ is all He asks of us. To seek Him when problems arise, to praise Him when blessings abound, and to ordain Him as our ultimate Guide as we tread along life's pathway. "Well done, good and faithful servant" are the words I want to hear from Him when I stand before Him one day....victory in any other form could never be as sweet!!
May your week ahead hold opportunities to grow. Don't be afraid to try whatever you feel may be a solution for a particular problem or challenge. Most of all, don't get discouraged if it doesn't pan out--change your focus to checking it off as a successful indicator of what will not work. Toss it away and don't go back to it for doing so will only hold you back. It didn't work. Let it go. Then reach into your box of options for another tool and test it's usefulness to the max. There will be valuable tools which will become instrumental to the success of your life's journey. Discovering them and using them will empower you to move forward....with confidence.
Above all, bring everything to the Lord and ask for His wisdom and guidance. Trust Him through the "yes's" and the "no's." Doing so will enable you to discover the richness of life He has planned for you!!
"The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.." Psalm 37: 23,24 NLT
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