Good morning all-
Are you a problem solver? If you are, you're very rare. Most people today like to complain and surrender to their flesh but every once in awhile you meet someone that takes a problem, dissects it and solves it. I love those people. For the most part, I can walk in with a problem and tell you how I'm going to solve it. I guess that's how my brain works. I also am someone that makes decisions and roles with it, even if it's the wrong decision. It's easier to learn from it than to be paralyzed by it, right? Well, at least, that's what I think.
I guess I'm being so philosophical this morning because of the great book I'm reading by Dave Ramsey called "EntreLeadership." He talks about the importance of mentoring people to come to you with the problem and three possible solutions. He actually teaches his staff this concept and often, he finds he makes less decisions because of it. When you're at the top of the food chain, you have to survive and how all of us survive is being proactive and making decisions. You know this to be true or there wouldn't be any food in your house to eat, clothes would be filthy and your lights would be off right now. Get the picture. Our lives revolve around making decisions and even if you aren't in the work place, you're CEO of your household and without you, nothing would get done. The value in identifying problems and coming up with solutions is invaluable. Unfortunately, we don't always use what God has given us to find them. For me, it has always been prayer. Without prayer, I don't even think I would be here today. In my twenties, had I not found Christ and began a prayer life that has sustained me today, I don't know where I would be. During those years, I floundered and almost didn't survive, and then Christ came into my life and changed me. He began to take the wheel and I began to use the tools He gave me to be the person I am today, which by the way is very unique. You probably would laugh if you could see me in a grocery store or in a clothing store. I am the 20 minute shopper, in and out. If you have a relationship with a man, you know that's more them than us, right? Well not me, God made me stubborn, assertive and fast, especially in the shopping department.
My personality has led me to propel myself from almost not getting through college to now being a leader within a small company. My tenacity to learn and to find answers has given me the ability to pick apart situations, make a decision and move. And if for some reason it was the wrong decision, change the course and make another decision. I take full responsibility of all decisions, good and bad and I try to learn from every one of them. For the most part, my prayer life protects me because I ask God to show me the way and He does, that's if I'm not being stubborn.
Anyway, I love this book I'm reading because it talks about lessons. I think my most favorite part to date is when Dave shares with his readers that his wife has a tremendous virtue and instinct. He didn't listen to her for along time or share his ideas, problems or business until one day, Christ showed him that on his right side stood his partner and that partner offered great wisdom. So now, he goes to her with key aspects of his business and he listens. We are vital to the success of our spouses, our boyfriends, and our children. If you're at home, you are a grounding force to be revered. You play a role in shaping and forming the greatest organization known to History, the family. So don't ever think that what you bring to the table isn't worthy. I guarantee it's very worthy for you're the daughter of Christ and when you're listening He is feeding you His power and wisdom. Same goes for those that are working out in the workforce, never doubt your ability to shape a person, a department, or a company. You are the daughter of Abraham and by Christ's love you have the Holy Spirit that will guide you, teach you and propel you to be Christ's woman.
Christ has been my friend for many years now. He has walked with me through my challenges and for the most part I think I have weathered the journey well. Don't get me wrong, I have sinned, cried, questioned and in the end, I've been redeemed. I am far from perfect in my home life or career life but I've learned lessons that have helped shape me and hopefully, are shaping others. In every storm and in every situation, I am learning to trust Christ. Have I wandered in the desert? More times than I can count but in the end I always come back to one thing, Christ loves me and won't forsake me. I may have run for awhile but He always catches up and reminds me that without Him I'm nothing but with Him, I can do anything.
So if today finds you in a mass of decision making, like what to fix for Sunday dinner, take the wheel and make a decision, good or bad they'll eat it. Ha!Ha! And if they don't I guess they have a problem to solve, right? So move forward, pray constantly and remember that you are an important part in this world. You hold the keys to the best secret, Christ love you and died for you. There's power in that and if we ask, He will guide. Always be careful not to direct the ship without Him because you never know when the storm will rage and you won't be ready to weather it. He is the key to us problem solving and He will help us in our journey. We are His and through Him all things are possible. We don't need a manual to teach us that. Do we? But don't forget the Word holds the keys to all things light and dark, so begin there, pray often and seek Christ's wisdom and discernment. The rest will come and you will be amazed by the results. I always am!
Thank you to all my faithful readers for inspiring me to sit down and write. My times might change soon because I will be off to work earlier but you can catch me after noon CST in the future. I will continue to pray and ask God to give me time to seek Him and to write about Him. Be well my sisters and don't forget to pray for the lost. They need Him.
Proverbs 16:33 NKJV:
The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the Lord.
Job 23:11 NKJV:
My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I put this last Scripture verse in because it has true meaning to making decisions. It's actually quoted in the book. James 1:8 NKJV, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. I think that sums up the parts, don't you? God wants us to be steadfast in him, making decisions that lean on the Word and what it teaches. We can't be wishy washy or we're unstable. We must act and act in a way that we're accountable. Not all of our decisions will have positive impact but at least we made them and we can choose to change them. Have a great day!
My prayer today:
O, Lord, thank You for helping us with our decisions and for guiding and growing us in them. Being an adult is difficult but when You and I are one, decisions become much easier. I'm praying for all those out there that have a hard time making a decision. I'm praying for the men and women in leadership that have the world on their backs. For our leaders that are making decisions for the masses, may You provide them with wisdom, discernment and a direction that will be good for all. We trust in You that You have set our paths to do good and not evil and that if we come to You, we will be directed. We honor You today and thank You for giving us the ability to think, to feel and to make decisions. We are not robots but we are full of flesh and blood, given to us by our Maker to do all things for Him. May we be one with You, decisive and holy. In Jesus name, AMEN