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February 5, 2020

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes we become so preoccupied with our problems is it possible that we overlook the opportunities that God is plainly giving us to grow in faith and hope? Is it true that the more we focus on the problem, the less and less we see the opportunity?

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

“The difficult we will do immediately. The impossible might take a little bit longer.” 

 

I ran across this motto a number of years ago as I had my car serviced at an area muffler shop. It was a caricature of a muffler repair man standing with a wrench in one hand and a muffler and pipe assembly in the other. He had one of those grins on his face that made you both smile and scratch your head at the same time. Was this bragging? Or, was it actually a statement of the level and degree of customer service I was about to receive? I walked over to the reception desk where a grizzled old mechanic, hands blackened by years of underbody work, lifted his eyes from a parts book to meet mine. “How long will it be yet?” I asked. “Well!” he mumbled. “Some jobs go pretty quickly and others take longer. The problem with your car isn’t that we can’t fix it. It’s that the fixing has become more of an “opportunity” than we had anticipated. Suddenly I understood the motto on the wall. “The impossible might take a bit longer,” 

 

Charles F. Kettering, former research head of General Motors, was fond of telling this story. When he called a research and development meeting on a particular problem of not an immediate probability of presenting a ready solution, and he wanted the problem solved, he’d take care to first find a piece of cardboard and write in big, bold letters: No Slide Rules Permitted. He’d then place the sign on a table outside the meeting room where it could be easily seen and read by each member of his design and development staff. When asked why he found it necessary to do this, he gave this reason: “The reason that the sign had become necessary is If I didn’t do that, I’d find someone reaching for his slide rule. Then he’d be on his feet saying, ‘Boss, you can’t do it.’” In Charles Kettering’s meetings, can’t was one word that was never uttered. Somehow everything was possible if it were approached with an open mind. (Charles F. Kettering in Bits & Pieces, Dec, 1991.) 

 

Sometimes we become so preoccupied with our problems that we overlook the opportunities that God is plainly giving us to grow in faith and hope. The more we focus on the problem, the less and less we see the opportunity. This was plainly evident in Kettering’s approach to solving design issues at GM. And, it was plainly evident in that muffler shop’s dedication to fixing the problem even when the problem “might take a bit longer.” When we start with the premise that all things are possible for God and that He will do all things for good as long as we remain faithful in our belief that He is both capable and willing, we will find few “impossibilities” if any in this life that aren’t very possible. Can’t really isn’t nor should it ever be a word found in a Christian’s vocabulary. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, we want to walk in the light of your love but sometimes we find our days are dark and full of lovelessness. Forgive us when we don’t choose to try when things just seem to hard to do; when we look for the easy way out and choose to ignore, push away, and pass off the opportunity to learn what You are trying to teach us through trial and hardships. Help us to choose to try today that we might walk in the light. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” 

 

<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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