In the opening pages of his autobiography, An American Life, Ronald Reagan writes, “I was raised to believe that God had a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan.
My mother – a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of optimism that ran as deep as the cosmos – told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s plan, even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. If something went wrong, she said, you didn’t let it get you down: You stepped away from it, stepped over it, and moved on. Later on, she added, something good will happen and you’ll find yourself thinking – “If I hadn’t had that problem back then, then this better thing that did happen wouldn’t have happened to me.”
After I lost the job at Montgomery Ward, I left home again in search of work. Although I didn’t know it then, I was beginning a journey that would take me a long way from Dixon and fulfill all my dreams and then some. My mother, as usual, was right.”
We all face problems in our life. The key to life is how we handle our problems. Let me share a few suggestions for handling problems with you.
First, remember that you are not alone with your problems. Others have had the same, or even worse, problems. We may need to associate with others to get their perspective on their problems and how they handled it.
Second, we must remember that all problems will not be solved. Rather, we will continue on with life and leave the problem behind. I am sure other problems will take their place.
Third, be sure to view the problem as it really is, not as it seems to be. After proper consideration, it may not be as bad as you think.
Fourth, many problems are too big for a one step solution. So, work through the issue one step at a time, trusting God to guide you on your journey.
Fifth, rather than minimizing the problem, maximize the resources to handle the problem. Remember that God is our ultimate Resource!
God has a plan for our life that will be greater than all of our problems. Remember to “cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Will your life be driven by your problems or His plans?