By Tim Saumier, President of TYGES
Problems are inevitable. It’s not a matter of if, but rather when. True leaders understand and expect problems in all walks of life (personal, relational, work, etc). They are not downtrodden, instead they understand that it is expected in an imperfect world. During tumultuous times, leaders see problems as an opportunity to learn and grow. In the Bible we are given counsel on how to handle trials: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4, NIV).
I don’t know about you but I struggle with the fact that trials lead to joy when I’m going through that particular problem. Yet when I look back in time I see that through perseverance I mature and ultimately, grow. This very same bible offers up solid advice and direction for healthy problem-solving:
1) “What a shame-yes, how stupid!-to decide before knowing the facts!” (Proverbs 18:13, TLB)
2) “The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.” (Proverbs 18:15, TLB)
3) “Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.” (Proverbs 18:17, TLB)
So how do you practice this in a practical way? First of all gather facts – not opinions, not gossip. Secondly, be open to differing thoughts and ideas. Finally listen to all parts of the story not just one side. By being armed with this information, it should help you navigate the trouble. During these times I encourage you to lean on one of my favorite scriptures, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). He means it. Don’t shoulder these burdens – go to him and learn what it means to lean on him. He will always know they way.