Some friends and I were helping to prepare a beauty salon for opening,and my part involved setting up the in-house entertainment system. The salon’s setup included individual TV sets for each of the stations, complete with sound, etc. I was excited to work on this project, but soon realized there were some aspects to it that were outside my realm of expertise.

For a while, I tried unsuccessfully to solve the rather complex problem of wiring the individual sets to the main set, making the individualized sound work, etc. I hashed and rehashed the problem in my mind, eventually throwing my hands up in frustration and admitting that I needed help.

I made an appointment to meet up with someone who specializes in this kind of engineering to see if I could get some advice. The result was that I not only got help with my project, but I learned something valuable at the same time.

This young man was vibrant and full of life. He relished the challenge and refused to take no for an answer. Every time I threw out what I thought was an obstacle, he found a solution. Sometimes that meant going back and changing something we had originally thought would work, but eventually, we found solutions to each problem. It wasn’t long before the updated blueprints we’d worked on were before me, making perfect sense. I was able to implement all the solutions we’d come up with, and the salon now has working individual entertainment centers.

I got to wondering how I too could make life easier for others in the areas I’m proficient in. If everyone made the effort to discover, analyze, and solve issues, how much easier and more positive our journey through life would be.
Tomorrow, God isn’t going to ask, “What did you dream? What did you think? What did you plan? What did you preach?” He’s going to ask, “What did you do?”
—Michel Quoist (1918–1997)

The “how” thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile “ifs” but goes right to work on the creative “how.”
—Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993)

Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solves each problem as they come to it. … They keep going regardless of the obstacles they meet.
—W. Clement Stone (1902–2002)

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
—James Bryant Conant (1893–1978)

Philippians 4:13 ESV / I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 John 4:18 ESV / There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.


  1. Lynn Canary
    December 3, 2015, 6:30 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you, enjoyed this mornings devotion.

  2. Avis
    November 29, 2017, 12:26 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for the is so God is going what did we do about the problem or situation. Did we trust him or did we fear whsy satan can do to us? God always on everytime i sm through he will bring a word to let me know i am off trace. So keep on writing what God give to you. It help me along the way.

  3. Joy
    November 29, 2017, 3:29 am   /  Reply

    I just finished reading “The Rise Of The Problem Solver” and found it most inspiring. I related to it with a smile since because it helped me to understand how important it is to have a helper with you (Jesus) who will help you to fulfill your goals effectively and rise above obstacles that may be in your way.

  4. November 29, 2017, 3:50 pm   /  Reply

    I now realised that every time I have a problem that wasn’t easy to solve I always focus on Our God Almighty. God is always with us. I have gone through a lot of struggles but there’s always an answer to solve my problem. As God says, do not be anxious, about anything but everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. Philippians 4:6 -7, I believe Jesus is with us. Amen Amen Amen.

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