Part of the Problem

Fox StatueWhen it comes to difficulties, being a part of it or choosing to become part of the solution

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. Abraham Lincoln

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. Seneca

  Most of us have no problem verbalizing on the problems we see at work, in our community, organizations, and even our country. We easily rattle off the things that are wrong, and the things we would do differently if we were in charge. There is always lots of talk, not nearly so much action. We talk the talk, do we walk the walk? Words are cheap. When volunteers are requested to step forward, do we step backwards? The adage that the squeaky wheel gets greased has much to say. Whoever or whatever gets attended to when it makes enough noise and persists long enough. It prevails, gets attention, fixed, or changed.

    There is another adage that fits; things gravitate toward the path of least resistance. If there is little or no resistance to things going down the wrong path or wrong direction; if things are happening that we do not like; and we do nothing to change the circumstances, why should we be surprised or disappointed when things change for the worse? Water always flows downhill unless we do something to change its normal path.

     It is hard for one or a few to do everything that needs to be done. When more people get involved and are committed to doing something, the division of labor makes it possible for more to get done. If we do not like things as they are, we should be doing something to make circumstances better. This applies to our personal lives, our community, schools, organizations and last but not least, our country. Act or be acted upon. There is always power in numbers. A good example of this concept is the Habitat for Humanity. Having a large number of volunteers at their disposal, they are able to build a home for someone in a very minimal amount of time.

    Sometimes it is good for us to face ourselves in the proverbial mirror. Looking ourselves square in the face, it is good to ask, “Are we part of the problem or are we going to be part of the solution”. If we are part of the problem, it is not realistic to expect things to get better. If we are trying to be part of the solution, we do what we can, as much or as little as it may be, to help bring about something better. We are becoming part of the solution.

Challenge: It is so easy to sit back and complain. Do you find yourself falling into this situation? Do you complain about your circumstances as well as about all the things around you that are not acceptable? Action is better than inaction, involvement better than sitting around; doing something is always better than accepting things as they are and then being miserable. Decide to cut down on the complaining and be more proactive.

Wisdom: All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Spiritual: (NIV)

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. Proverbs 12:24

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7

Sometimes it seems that things are bound and determined to go in the wrong direction. It seems things are falling apart. What we have grown to believe in and count on seems to be at risk. It is easy to get disillusioned and fall prey to doubt. Especially in such times we must focus our thoughts on getting direction and inspiration from God. He is in control. He is greater than all that is in this world. The power of prayer is tremendously powerful.

Prayer: Help me to always remember you are in control. Please guide and direct me in all that I say and do.

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