Become a Problem Solver

“It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”
― George Pólya

Daily Devotional

Exodus 2:19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

Problem-solving is the process of observing what is going on in your environment; identifying things that could be changed or improved; diagnosing why the current state is the way it is and the factors and forces that influence it; developing approaches and alternatives to influence change; making decisions about which alternative to select; taking action to implement the changes; and observing impact of those actions in the environment.

Each step in the problem-solving process employs skills and methods that contribute to the overall effectiveness of influencing change and determine the level of problem complexity that can be addressed. Humans learn how to solve simple problems from a very early age (learning to eat, making coordinated movements and communicating) – and as a person goes through life problem-solving skills are refined, matured and become more sophisticated (enabling them to solve more difficult problems). We often focus on solving our problems, but it is very rare when we offer solutions for problems experienced by others without cost.

True servanthood is about solving problems for others. The size of your success will depend on the size of the problem you choose to solve for others. Moses had to flee to the land of the Midian because Pharaoh wanted to slew him for killing an Egyptian that was smiting one of his Hebrew brothers. At that point Moses would have been homeless and uncertain about where his next meal would come from. Rather than throw a pity party, Moses looked for an opportunity to serve. He defended the seven daughters of the priest of Midian against shepherds at the well and helped watered their flocks.

Even though he did this, he was not looking for anything in return, and the gesture brought him a place to dwell and food to eat. Note that it was the same servanthood that led David to Kill Goliath and instantly brought him to prominence in Israel. The size of the problem you solve will determine the size of your success. Look in your environment for opportunities to serve based on your passion and areas of strength.

Life Application: Within your field of work, identify the biggest problems that people face and brainstorm and research solution

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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