Sunday, June 9, 2019

Testing & Problem Solving

People must consider it a joy when they encounter trials knowing that the testing of their faith produces endurance.  This endurance has its good results so that they will be perfect and complete (Jas 1:2-4).  When they share in the suffering of Christ they should keep rejoicing.  So when the revelation of his glory comes it will result in exultation (1 Pet 4:13).  The Lord explains drunkenness is a false joy (Jer. 51:39).  But when sorrow turns into gladness their souls sing praises unto him (Ps 30:11-12).  An artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (18831969) said, “As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.  Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.”  It’s believed a good way to face the problems of life is to be positive.  Testing put hurdles in our way which are necessary trials for our growth.

Intuition & Testing

By our intuition people often have to decide on the course of action they must take.  Such action will be the best way of dealing with their problems.  Brian Grazer (b. 1951), a film and television producer wrote, “You have to trust yourself not research.  Not testing.  Testing helps, but you have to trust your own taste.  If your taste says something isn’t any good, don’t let research rationalize that out of its own truth.”  One’s shoe doesn’t fit all.  Much research deals with generalizations, but people should know the difference about what’s right for them.

Testing could make or break us.  The trick is to stay focus in our daily trials to obtain the best results.  A professional boxer Evander Holyfield (b. 1962) said, “The word of God steadies me.  He says your trials and tribulations make you who you are.  So you can see my whole story in the way I endured and overcame some testing experiences.”  Testing is very much like shaping a pot from a kiln.  The final result is what the divine potter wants us to be like.

Questions People Encounter

People still however have to questions that come their way.  The Bible spells out how they should handle these.  That is how they discern their true gifts that are guiding them.  Thabo Mbeki (b. 1942), a South African politician wrote, “I think that probably the most important thing about our education was that it taught us to question even those things we thought we knew.  To say that you’ve got to inquire, you’ve got to be testing your knowledge all the time in order to be more effective in what you are doing.”  People should test the waters to solve problems.  These results might come to them as answers to their questions.

Testing though could be a double-edged sword.  Burt Rutan (b. 1943), an aerospace engineer said, “Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.”  It’s often said to try again and again, and at last we’ll succeed.  View all failure as a positive force that motivates us in doing our best.  A president of the United States Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) wrote, “Testing oneself is best when done alone.”  Inevitably testing begins by taking an account of oneself.  People have to be honest about who they are, and what are their real intentions when making decisions, and acting upon them.  Being true to oneself is paramount, because change first begins with people themselves before spreading to others.     

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