Finding Problems vs. Checking for Solutions

Monday Follows Sunday,

WHERE WE HOPE TO SHARE A TIP OR STRATEGY FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MONDAY.

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I have been doing some computer maintenance on a couple of my software programs this week. While doing so, I encountered two separate errors. I found the simple holding message to be quite curious.

One said, ” Searching for problems…..”
The other said, “Checking for solutions…”

One clearly made me more hopeful that a solution was going to be found, while the other made me feel secure that no stone was going to be left unturned in search for the issues origination.

On a bigger level, it made me wonder which mode do I operate in? Which troubleshooting method do I use in the church? Which troubleshooting method would the church community be most receptive to?

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So often we just go to the thing that usually fixes the problem and don’t really assess if that is actually the best way to respond. Other times the issue is so “on fire” that we just need to put it out in order to get past in, learn from it and plan for the future.

In the long-term, we end up becoming more of a firefighter than a pastor, administrator or leader. We need to develop some strategies to help us think through these moments where problems arise.

“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.”  ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

So I created a chart, based on my own experience, to determine while mode might be best in different scenario…

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“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” ― Albert Einstein

There is bound to be an issue that has popped up since Sunday. I hope that before you reaction, you will consider the best strategy to maximize your time and effectiveness to reach a solution.

Monday Blessings,

Micah

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