12/08/2010 in religion/philosophy
Have you ever tried to turn a problem over to God, only to have it handed back?
Some things belong to us, Bill W said…. God gave us brains to use…
Working our way through a difficult problem leaves us feeling fulfilled after we’ve gotten through it.
How we handle ourselves when we’re stifled and not seeing a ladder to scale the wall, not seeing a window to get through, nothing but a brick wall and us having nothing but a tack hammer, THAT’s where God comes in… God can help us avoid making fools of ourselves.
I doubt God intends for us to get mad and throw our tools around the yard, or through a window, or to get bummed out and give up… Rather, we developed as problem solvers, We think our way through the difficult situation, applying different solutions until we find a fix that works.
Edison said he’d found 2 thousand ways not to make a light bulb, and only needed to find one that worked…. Eventually he did…
I’ve heard people use the serenity prayer, and the claim of practicing patience as a reason to continue living with a problem. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with procrastination… it’s my favourite labour saving device. If we can put something off for long enough, we won’t have to do it at all… It’s the confusing procrastination with serenity or patience that I object to.
I think that patience has a lot to do with perseverance. If we’re patiently trying all the options that come to mind, and studying on the problem, looking for more things to try… when we’ve tried everything, Then…I believe that we’re exercising patience correctly. God doesn’t mind when we ask for help, as long as we don’t expect God to do it for us….