We’ve been doing a lot of house renovations this past year, recently we had to change the window latches. I could not for the life of me figure out how to take off the cap. I talked to different people, googled, tried to find a tutorial video and did not come up with an answer. I started trying to pull it and pop the cap out by getting under it with a screw driver. With only a week left until our open home our friend came over, who rang someone who told us to “look under the window”, sure enough there were two screws holding the cap on. My first response was “Why didn’t I look there?”. Something that seemed so obvious now, had left me stumped for weeks.
If only I had changed the angle in which I had looked.
Changing a way that we view a problem can lead us to the solution that we have been looking for so long.
I had someone observe my surfing to see how to improve, one of the first feedback remarks I had was “You are looking just past your feet, look down the line”
The next time I surfed, it totally changed the way I approached and rode the wave because my technique had been wrong for 20 years!
Having some outside perspective on someone who is more experienced and can see from a different angle can change up your way of doing something that can change up your game or totally rewrite the destiny of whatever you are doing.
We may bring “looking just past our feet” when it comes to something we need to overcome but really what we should be doing is looking “down the line” or the bigger picture.
When we were in Japan one of our biggest and hardest challenges was finding appropriate venues to run church out of. We would often do walks around certain areas, ask around and google search for something that would work.
After doing this for months and months we had felt like we had seen and knew every venue in our area that could even be a possibility. Then, one of our awesome leaders decided to think outside the box and use words that we hadn’t thought of in google search….guess what we found? Some of our best venues!
Different words. What have we been speaking over situations that are keeping us short of the best for our lives?
What would happen if we starting approaching situations in our daily lives at work, as parents, at school, in our relationships in a different way?
If something isn’t working and you feel stuck in a problem here are some question that might help.
Have you looked at it from every angle?
Have you talked to God and someone with knowledge about that area?
Have you been you been looking in the right area and speaking the right words over your situation?
Problems are always a way to either be defeated or to grow.
God wants us to grow, to learn and to see different perspectives in our challenges rather than be defeated.
And we overcome, whether big or small. We can celebrate the little or great victory of the challenge The was placed before us.
Face the challenges, look at it from every angel, get outside scoop and speak new over it.
“The challenges we face today, are the victories we see tomorrow”