Our Problems Disappear

where-all-problems-go-away-true-story-‚öĹūüĎĆ-7856435We all need a place to escape sometimes. ¬†For some of us it is a soccer game, as in this¬†picture here. ¬†For others it is something a little (or a lot) more destructive, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, and the list goes on. ¬†

What are we escaping from?

We escape from ¬†work, family problems, financial problems, heartache, health problems, etc. ¬†Problems are many times the focus of our attention because we are drawn to what hurts at the moment. ¬†It’s like when we stub out little toe;¬†we grab our toe and moan until the pain subsides. ¬†Likewise, most of us focus on our problems or pain until it goes away.

What is the real problem?

The real problem is not work, the family, finances, heartache, or heath, etc.  It is our focus.  What is our focus.  I have found that the more I focus on myself, the more problems I seem to have.  I am always concerned about what I want, how I feel; and I complain about what is not perfect and who is not doing what I want.  

Change of focus

So where should our focus be? ¬†Many times in my life I have felt my focus being pulled away from my own problems when I see another bigger problem out there somewhere. ¬†Out in the world, in my community, or among my friends. ¬†When I see a catastrophe like war, tsunamis, or poverty ¬†or when I see a friend get evicted from their home or someone I know loses a family member, that is when my problems seem to disappear. ¬†In the light of major catastrophes or serious problems all around me, my problems seems to be a trivial matter. ¬†So the problem is not my situation. ¬†It is my focus. ¬†It is my response to my problems. ¬†Do I sit and sulk? ¬†Do I worry and complain? ¬†Do I have a pity party and wonder when I will get my way, when my kids will finally behave, when my bills will ever get paid? ¬†If so, I end up worrying and becoming depressed. ¬†However….

 Focus on Jesus

If I focus on Jesus, first of all, I know He has the answer and with Him I can get through the problem. ¬†My problem may not actually disappear, but I do not worry about it because “Papa” will take care of it and see me through it.

Focus on others

Prayer is a wonderful thing.  When I pray for myself, I can focus on Jesus and know he has my problems in His hands and will fix everything until I feel okay again. When I pray for others, I get my focus off of myself and realize that I am not alone in my battles, pain, and heartaches.  

When I see what is happening in the world I still know that God is sovereign and is not up there wringing his hands wondering what to do.  He has it all under control. Sure, He gave some authority to us and commanded us to take charge of things on Earth, but He is there to help us if we ask Him.  


I once heard the definition of Joy as Jesus Others Yourself. ¬†That is what our focus should be. ¬†Jesus first, others second, and ourselves last. ¬†We are here to Worship God. ¬†That is our primary focus. ¬†Then we are also here to love others. ¬†Sometimes our focus should be on them more than ourselves. ¬†Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” ¬†We should thing of others needs. ¬†Although we should not neglect ourselves, we should just realize that when we put others first at times, our problems seem smaller or even non existent as we focus on something else.

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Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc. ¬†We will notice people who don’t care any more. ¬†There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world. ¬†What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today. ¬†Take divorce for example. ¬†It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly. ¬†Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental. ¬†It’s just not the way it used to be. ¬†More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago. ¬†It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world. ¬†The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end. ¬†There is a way¬†I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.


Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.


In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky. ¬†It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars. ¬†The world is in the way. ¬†Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable. ¬†Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all. ¬†“God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. ¬†and “Set your mind on thing above.” ¬†Colossians 3:2. ¬†If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky¬†instead of the darkness itself, I can see light. ¬†There is still good in the world. ¬†There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative. ¬†Do not see the glass half empty. ¬†Do not look only to the faults in the world. ¬†See the small points of light in the midst of darkness. ¬†Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.” ¬†See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.