Obvious first

If your car keys are missing, it’s more likely that they’re on your dresser than in another state. We look in the obvious places first. It makes sense. We solve problems the same way – by looking for the obvious solutions first. When the translation of the Bible into a language fails to progress well, we looked for the most obvious problems first. Were the translators well-trained? Did they have adequate resources? How’s their morale?

But things change when dealing with a perennial problem – one that’s been around for a while. In such cases, all the obvious solutions have already been tried. That doesn’t keep us from trying them again, however. I remember the moment that it dawned on me that we were trying the usual solutions on a translation program that had been under-performing for two decades. Church leaders were saying that something had to change but we were just trying again what had been tried several times before. The obvious was obviously not a solution.

The solution had to be in something untried, something different, something not obvious at all. The problem was that anything untried is also untested. We don’t know if it will work. But is that really a problem when all the tried and tested solutions have failed? Isn’t what might not work better than what has already failed?

I got some inspiration idfor this blog from Seth Godin Obvious. Places First

One thought on “Obvious first

  1. When all else fails, try asking God what you are missing. Once we have Christ in our lives, we should “hear his voice”. But how many Christians Hear His Voice? I’ve asked around our church and quite a few haven’t heard His Voice. How to teach them: I hide some $5 bills around the church, where they can’t see them, such as on a paper clip behind a clock. Then tell them they can have it if they ask God where it is at. And I tell them that God usually doesn’t talk out loud. Ask God where that $5 bill is and when you say, “Amen”, the first thought that comes into your mind is God’s answer.
    The same is true with Language problems. Try all the obvious solutions and then “Ask God, what you are missing”.
    I did this last night about a Drip System problem. God told me to check the fawcet. There were two. One was fine, but the one that feeds the other one was barely turned on. Blessings, Jim O Anderson


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