Finding Solutions in a Problematic World
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
In our world, there are more problems than solutions and everyone’s a critic. We have a tendency to focus on the negative, dwelling on all the problems with our lives, but just as fast as we find the holes, we shy away from plugging them.
In Hebrew, there is a term for a solution-oriented individual, “rosh gadol,” which literally means “big head.” A “big-headed” person looks at the big picture. She sees problems and creates solutions. He doesn’t need to be told to fix things because when he sees that something isn’t working, he works to find a solution. When employers look for employees, they almost always seek out this trait in prospective workers. In a world focused on problems, the solution-oriented person is invaluable.
Friends, there is no shortage of people who can point out everything that is wrong with everyone and everything. However, it’s time to shift from that mode of thinking and train our minds to seek solutions – at least as much as we naturally find problems. When you see the naked, clothe them; when you see someone who is hungry, feed them; when you see someone who is homeless, find them shelter (Isaiah 58:7). Don’t wait to be asked and don’t shirk your responsibility.
When we make solutions our focus instead of our problems, then we will be able to solve our problems. Mahatma Gandhi put it this way: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”