Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dealing with Problems

We all have problems in life, some major some minor. Some are physical, some are mental, some are social, some are psychological. It is my biased opinion that all are somehow related to a Spiritual problem. Whether its a spiritual problem in the sense of where we are in our spiritual life (i.e. sin), or a spiritual problem that involves a more general association with the existence of evil in the world in which we live.

I have found that focusing on problems (or a problem) is not helpful. It only makes the problem bigger than it already is. Denial isn't the answer either. I think a healthy recognition of the problem with a focus on God is the best way to work through whatever the problem is.

I have a confession to make: I've been terrible at focusing on God in the midst of problems. Its so easy to focus on the problem and seek the sympathy of other people when I should be focusing on God and seeking the prayers of other people. It is healthy to recognize a problem, its detrimental to let that problem become the focal point of your life.

Didn't Jesus says something about seeking first the Kingdom of God? And didn't Paul write something about dwelling and thinking about whatever is good, pure and lovely? Yes and Yes. May we become the kind of people that seek God and focus on worshipping Him even in the midst of facing problems.

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