Small Solutions

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus asks an interesting question of the man who is unable to walk at the pool of Bethesda,“Do you want to be made well (John 5:6)?” The truth be told, I have met many people who do not want to be made well. To be “made well” might mean you need to lose weight, exercise more, or work less- it’s easier to find a new doctor. Getting well may ask you to do something you do not want to do.

Another reason some do not want to be made well is that getting well is just too big a proposition. Take an alcoholic as one example. If you are made well and enter recovery as an alcoholic you are looking at some big changes. You will no longer be numb most of the time and you will be encouraged to enter into the realities of life for better and worse. The friends you had as drinking pals may need to be exchanged for a system of people who will support you in your recovery. The trail of brokenness that your drinking caused will need to be acknowledged and amends made. Overall to be “made well” can look so ominous that getting healed is just to big a task.

Vikki Luce had the staff watch a DVD today about the book Switch, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. The authors talked about the change that is necessary to face large problems. They said that “big problems always have small solutions.” One example is the that recovering alcoholic who is successful in recovery does not try to stay sober long term , they stay sober for “one day at a time”. The message of the book Switch seems so obvious and our friends in AA have been giving us the example of solving big issues in small ways for years ,but yet I stand convicted of getting overwhelmed too often by seeking big solutions to big problems.(Think about weight loss, or working out? The same dynamics apply. Small solutions solve big problems.)

As I see the nation and individuals moving through the “great recession” it seems we have yet another opportunity to find solutions to big problems with small answers. Pray about your finances. Look at the way you spend money, one line item at a time, in your checkbook and credit card balance. Does each line item reflect the priorities in your life? Does each dollar you spend reflect God being in your life. One step at a time, begin to make the changes that will reflect your true values and the faith you have in the risen Jesus.

A great tool to help you begin making these small changes toward big gains is to read the book ENOUGH. If you do not yet have a copy of the book ENOUGH by pastor Adam Hamilton please contact the church office and we will be sure to get you a copy. In this book Pastor Hamilton does a great job (in a very short read) of demonstrating small changes that will bring big financial dividends to your life.

Are your finances where you want them to be? “Do you want to be made well?”

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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