Learning From Problems

 

 

 

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Have you noticed life is full of problems? One of the ways God teaches us to depend on Him is to experience problems and learn from them.

5 Ways to Learn from Problems:

1. Embrace problems as opportunities to improve. I often tell my grown children that pain is a great teacher. Normally our first reaction to a problem is to become negative. Stop right there! Embrace adversity as an opportunity to get better. See setbacks as stepping stones.

2. Keep perspective. Many years ago my Cindy received a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. The doctor went on to explain that she would need a heart transplant or she would die. Thankfully she was misdiagnosed. However, those few weeks of thinking she could die changed my perspective. All the problems I had up until that moment seemed no longer important. God reminds me of that situation to keep perspective on problems. A couple of questions to ask:

  • How could this have been worse?
  • Will this still be a problem a year from now?

3. Remain proactive. Remember every problem has a solution or it is a fact. Do not give up. Search out solutions and pray God gives you wisdom.

4. Use self-management when times are bad. When faced with great problems, most people quit doing the things that help them get through it.

  • They quit having time with God
  • Stop exercising
  • Stop eating healthy

Remember, proper self-management is even more critical in times of crisis.

5. Resolve to win. Yes sometimes you need to “man up.” I am not saying do it in your own strength, because we always need God’s strength. I am saying in the darkest of times we need to exercise our faith and trust!

These five ways to learn from problems have helped me through the years and I pray God will use them in your life.

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