day 2742: Problem Discernment

“With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied…”

Is there anything more hard to discern at work than the best use of our time to solve problems? I read this the other day and loved it.  It’s from President Eisenhower: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” That just about says it all, huh? There is no easy answer but the type of discernment we need will best be found if we can place problems within a strategic framework of vision, goals and objectives.  Without that type of grounding and touchstones, then we could find ourselves trying to solve the urgent before the important or worse everything all at once and ultimately end up not solving anything at all.

Where do we take our problems to discern what to do, when and what to tackle first?  If we are committed to returning to a place where that touchstone is solid, reliable and knows us the best, then we will bring all of our problems, big and small to the Lord before we attempt to move forward.  Nehemiah knew this and called upon the Lord before he moved.  We can do the same today.

Reference: Nehemiah 2:4 (New Living Translation)

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