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1078th -- Turn The Paper Sideways


There are many moments in life where a problem, a trial or a situation 
arises that we just don't have the answer to. We become discouraged, 
frustrated and think that this situation can never be resolved. What we 
must always remember and keep in mind is that every problem has a solution 
and every situation can be remedied. We simply must have the right 
attitude and have a proper perspective that all will be well in the end. 
When we think back on the trials that have come our way in the past, we 
can remember how those trials were resolved in ways that we hadn't 
imagined and knowing this will make us have confidence in our present 
situations. Sometimes we just need a simple reminder showing us that 
every negative situation doesn't have to be to our detriment. We can 
learn the lessons, become wiser because of them and we can use what we've 
learned for our betterment now and in the future to come.

Be encouraged to look at every negative situation with renewed and 
refreshed eyes. Seek counsel from those who have traveled down the path 
that you are currently on and see how they handled a similar situation. 
When the Bible says that we should ask, seek and knock and the door will 
be opened unto us, I believe the Lord was speaking for us to seek Him in 
prayer, but I also believe it is pertinent in this physical world as 
well. When we don't have the answer to something it is okay to ask 
someone who does, to seek those who have traveled down the same path and 
to knock on the doors of those who may be able to help us resolve our 
situation. There is strength in numbers and the more help we receive, the 
quicker a resolution can come our way. (Luke 11:9-13)

I encourage you again to see that it is to your benefit to seek counsel 
when you need to. Know that others care greatly for your well-being and 
wish to see you doing well. The Lord will always be faithful to put the 
right people in our path at the right time to bring us the right answer. 
The Lord has never failed in the past so have confidence that He won't 
fail you now.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that 
solutions can always come our way in the most unexpected ways and we just 
have to be open and allow ourselves to think outside of the box.


Sometimes I need to approach a persistent problem with a new way of 
thinking. The Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez said, “If they give you 
ruled paper, write the other way.” His image reminds me to always be my 
own person, but it also challenges me to think creatively. Turning the 
paper sideways is like looking at situations from different angles.

Henry L. Mencken said it first: “For every complex problem, there is a 
solution that is simple, neat and wrong.” And how often I am determined to 
keep pounding on that simple and neat solution until I make it work, or 
else I finally give up altogether. But success will surprisingly come when 
I decide to look at the thing from a wholly different perspective.

Several all night convenience stores in New York City learned something 
about viewing problems another way. Evidently, some of the stores had a 
problem with teenagers hanging out in their parking lots late into the 
night. Not that they didn't like kids; they liked them very much. But 
customers complained that they were afraid to approach them in the dark 
and push through them to enter the store. Neighbors complained that 
couldn't sleep with the noise. And store personnel were worried about the 
well-being of the young people themselves. Late at night, these 
neighborhoods were unsafe.

Managers tried various methods to solve the problem. They asked the kids 
to find a safer place to congregate. They asked them to move away from the 
doors so customers didn't have to push through them. They asked them to 
discard their cigarette butts and trash in outdoor receptacles and not 
litter the parking lot. Each solution was simple, neat and completely 
ineffective. It seems that any of them should have worked. But none of 
them did and many of the store managers eventually gave up in frustration 
on solving the problem.

Finally, one man came up with an unusual idea. He decided he had been 
approaching the situation all wrong. Asking the teens to change their 
behavior didn't work, so he tried something different. He just piped 
easy-listening music into the parking lot -- slow, soothing instrumentals 
especially suited for mature listeners.

No more loitering.

Sometimes we just need to look at things differently. Again and again we 
butt up against the same old problem. It may involve a child or parent, a 
friend or lover. It might be a problem with a co-worker. Maybe it's just a 
complex situation we're working through, or a personal problem with which 
we can't seem to make any headway. And so far, everything we've tried has 
failed. Perhaps it's time to turn the paper around and write the other 
way; to look at the problem a whole new way.

Here's a good question to ask: “How can I come at this thing from a 
different angle?” Because there is likely something you're not seeing.

A father and his daughter were stopped by a flight attendant before 
boarding their plane. The problem? The little girl was clutching a large 
bouquet of balloons. In sympathetic tones, the attendant told the child 
that she would not be permitted to travel with all of the balloons. “Only 
one is allowed per passenger,” she said in a voice that concluded there's 
nothing to be done. After all, rules are rules.

Father and daughter decided they could each carry one. So with tears in 
her eyes, the little child selected her two favorite balloons for the 
flight. But before she could discard the rest, another passenger 
intervened. “Here, I'll take one,” he said. He quickly saw a solution to 
the problem and proceeded to give one balloon to anybody in line who would 
take one. As she disembarked, every balloon was returned to the happy child.

Here was a man who just looked at the problem a different way. Instead of 
saying, “There's nothing be done,” he turned the paper sideways and the 
answer was clear.

When you turn your paper sideways, what do you see?

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Isaiah 41:10-13 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I 
am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will 
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that
were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be 
as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek 
them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they 
that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I 
the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I 
will help thee.” 

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be 
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee 
whithersoever thou goest.” 

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in 
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.” 

Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my 
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory 
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my 
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. 
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at 
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” 

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem133.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD SAVED MY DAD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony144.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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