Prevent Proliferation of Problems by Seeking Solutions – August 3 Inspiration

Prevent Proliferation of Problems by Seeking Solutions – August 3 Inspiration

As I get older (edging ever closer to 60!), I’m reflecting on some of the preventative measures  I *SHOULD* have taken for the sake of my health and fitness over the past few decades. But since I can’t change the past, I’ve been slowly taking care of what I can over the past year. For instance, last May, I had reconstructive surgery on my right thumb (basal joint) to relieve severe arthritis and remove bone spurs and fragments. I can now use my thumb again without pain and only slightly limited range of motion. This summer, I’ve been catching up on all “those” appointments I’ve been putting off, from a colonoscopy to another vision exam (and new glasses).  In other words, instead of complaining about my problems, I’ve been seeking and implementing solutions.




So onto today’s inspiration. You can also read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.


“Do you know there are people

who really don’t want to get well?

They just want to talk about their problems.

Are you one of those people?

Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem.

It becomes their identity, their life.

It defines everything they think and say and do.

If you have a ‘deep-seated and lingering disorder’

(see John 5:5-6),

the Lord wants you to know

that it does not have to be

the central focal point of your entire existence.

He wants you  to trust Him and cooperate with Him

as He leads you to victory over that problem

one step at a time.

Don’t try to use your problem

as a means of getting sympathy.

We get angry at those who tell us the truth.

And the truth is that before we can get well,

we must really WANT to be well–

body, soul, and spirit.

We must want to enough

that we are willing to hear and accept truth.

Each of us must learn to follow

God’s personal plan for us.

Whatever our problem my be,

God has promised to meet our need

and to repay us for our loss.

Facing truth is the key

to unlocking prison doors

that may have held us in bondage.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”


My reflections:


This devotional thought was especially relevant for me last year as I prepared to deal with the lingering PROBLEM of my arthritic thumb!  I really didn’t want it to be an excuse or part of my life any more; I’m thankful now, just over a year later, that I’ve improved functionality AND become pain-free in that thumb! I’ve regained the ability to do many things without pain that had become very difficult (like just buttoning up a shirt!)

I also like the emphasis on not using our problems as excuses, or not allowing problems to become our identities. These lines are especially thought-provoking: “Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem. It becomes their identity, their life. It defines everything they think and say and do.”   Sadly, I know people like this and I don’t want to fall into that trap myself.


So what are YOUR thoughts?


Do you tend to focus on problems rather than solutions, or know someone else who does?


Have you learned good strategies to help you find and implement solutions in your life?








30 thoughts on “Prevent Proliferation of Problems by Seeking Solutions – August 3 Inspiration

  1. I am not a complainer myself but boy do I know some people who are always complaining about their health! Glad you are doing what you can to get your body comfortable and healthy again!

  2. Hi Karen,

    Happy you’ve decided on a healthier lifestyle.

    I do a lot of research about getting older and while genetic dispositions do cause health problems, lifestyle choices are nearly always, more important. Amazing isn’t it?

    As a kid, I liked all the attention I got from being sick. As an adult, I don’t!

  3. I’m glad you’ve chosen a healthier lifestyle. I’m still struggling with some issues in my life and your post is quite encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

  4. It’s tough because you’re more used to talking about what upsets you instead of talking about what you can do. I guess that’s how we all react. It’s so much better though if you can talk about solutions instead, it’s healthier and it’s motivating!

  5. For a lot of people, the solution is to drink and drink until they are in a stuper to avoid their problems. Thing is, once you sober up, the problem is still there. I try to meet my problems head on and tackle them. It’s the only true way to get rid of a problem.

  6. I love this post. I am trying to get closer to our Lord and I have started trying to get myself healthier. I do tend to whine in my head about my problems, but I am learning slowly that I must DO something about them now.

  7. This was a very encouraging read. I am gradually learning to make healthier food choices as well as developing an exercise routine. It can definitely be challenging at times.

  8. It is true, some people would rather just not face things or are fearful of change or action. I tend to be the other way unless it comes to my health unfortunately. That’s the one area where I really take a backseat and put everyone else in front of my needs. I’ll reschedule a check up 100 times for any reason to kind of avoid it. lol Definitely something I need to work on getting better about as I get older.

  9. I definitely tend to complain and focus on all my problems instead of putting that energy into solving those problems. I actually got into an argument this morning about it, and I’m so happy I read your blog because it really put it into perspective that I should stop complaining and DO something if I want change.

  10. I believe most people wouldn’t really want to focus on the problem itself without solutions by choice, it’s more of missing out on the right way of thinking. Some positive reading and quotes might help them out in that case.

  11. Yes, there is one co-worker who incessantly talks about her problems and it drives me out of the room almost every single day! The past is the past and the woulda, coulda, shoulda change nothing so personally, I just keep moving as best as I can. 🙂

  12. I have been working on focusing on solutions. it’s easy to lose track sometimes and dwell on the problems but that doesn’t do anyone any good.

  13. This post reminds me of an issue I had with a root canaled tooth. I developed a lump in the gum below the tooth and I was really scared that it was cancer. I let it go on for a really long time before I inquired about it. I figured that if my dentists didn’t say anything about it, then it was fine. Well, it became a problem and I finally learned that a root cracked and was causing an infection. No cancer. I could have had it taken cared of a really long time ago. I let my fear get in the way of seeking a solution.

  14. I can sometimes get caught up in problems that are going on but I snap out of it quickly. So I guess you could say I look for those solutions!

  15. I have a few friends and acquaintances that love to dwell on their problems. It can really put a damper on things. I will have to share this with them.

  16. I know it is hard not to worry about problems. But we should learn how to face it. It is better to start thinking of solutions rather than thinking the problem all over again.

  17. i dont like problems nor stressing over things that I can solve. the more you think about the problem the more it gets worse. so if i cant solve the prob now, i move on and wait the next day. stay focus and see things positive

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