Life is hard. It seems to some to be an endless series of problems. So how do you deal with problems? Do you ignore them, hoping that they will go away? Do you attack them, trying to destroy them? Or do you determine constructive ways of solving them? Dr. Scott Peck in his book The Road Less Traveled suggests that, “It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.”
Edward Roy had an earthy problem. He owned the Jiffy Johns business of Pompano Beach, Florida. He had five hundred portable toilets for rent. But that wasn’t his problem. Business was booming. Everyone it seems has a time when they need a place to be alone. Edward Roy’s problem was what to do with the product from his product. That is what to do with all the sewage? Half of his profits were being spent in having someone haul off the excrements. In searching for a solution he found a solar-heating process that turned sewage into fertilizer. But instead of trying to sell the technology, his company expanded and began to operate three plants, arranging for others in the same line of work to bring him “their problem.” As Chuck Swindoll said, “He turned his problem into a project.” Rising from $.92 a share to $16.50 a share in just six months, Jiffy Industries, Inc. became one of the fastest growing stocks on any American exchange in 1983.
What may seem to be a dirty sewage problem can become the most significant project in your life. How do you deal with those tough problems that come your way?
Courtesy Baptist Healthcare Chaplaincy
I Peter 5:5-9: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.