HOW DO YOU VIEW PROBLEMS?
PROBLEMS – This is probably one of the most commonly used words in the vocabulary of any culture. There is no one in all the world, who does not come across this word on a regular basis one way or the other. As a matter of fact, our world revolves around problems. All of us individually and collectively regularly face problems in our daily lives. Attitudes to problems vary from person to person. Some run away from problems. Some look for problems. Some hide from problems. Some look for ways of resolving problems. Some succumb to problems. There are all kinds of reactions to problems. So problems, what are they? Blessings or a curse?
In this series I want to present a case to all my readers that problems indeed are not a curse but a blessing. A problem is one of the most beautiful things that could happen to you. A problem is a blessing.
“Problems are the guiding lights along the way of life.” ― Debasish Mridha
A LESSON IN HISTORY
A careful study of the history of humanity would stand as a monumental testimony to the fact that problems are indeed a blessing. Most of the technological breakthroughs which we enjoy today are as a result of problems. It used to take half a year to travel from one continent to the other by ship, now it takes 6 hours by plane, thanks to problems.
We used to have telegrams as the fastest form of communication, now we have Skype, Facebook, Email, social media, etc. Horses used to be the most effective means of transportation, that was before Mercedes Benz came to town. We used to write with ink and pen, now we have computers, tablets, etc. all as a result of solving problems.
Planes came about as a result of man trying to resolve the problem of transportation. Skype, computer, telephone, all came about in the quest of man to resolve the communication problem. Cars, bicycles, automobiles all came about as a result of the desire of men to solve the mobility problem. Electricity is as result of the desperation of man to solve the energy problem.
Our modern medical breakthroughs are thanks to the health challenges that the generation before us faced. Antibiotics are a result of Mr. Fleming trying to stop the death plague of the 1920s. The list could go on and on. The truth of the matter is, each time we have a problem, a breakthrough is knocking at the door.
“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” ― Hugh Miller
WHAT IS A PROBLEM?
Dear brothers and sisters, the issue is not with problems, but how we see problems. We could either see problems as a blessing or as a limitation. In the real sense though, problems are supposed to be a door into new opportunities, if we could only relate to them correctly.
Let’s go deeper into the meaning of the word PROBLEM. By my own definition, problems are events, occurrences or conflicts that cause pain, discomfort or suffering. Now that is where the issue is. In this definition we can see the reason why humanity in general, dislikes and even hates problems. The reason is simple, problems cause pain, discomfort and suffering. We don’t like pain. We dislike discomfort and we detest suffering…
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- Why the human soul reacts better to problems than the human body.
- The paradox of problems.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja