Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him. (1 John 2:5)
OUR STORY …
Herman spent much of the day dancing with a simple idea. The little mouse pondered it like a puzzle. What did it mean? Why did it linger as it did?
“The answer is in the question,” he kept hearing. It was a peculiar notion for a mouse to entertain, but finally, it’s meaning did occur to him. The solution to any problem is found within the problem. You need not ever look beyond the problem.
“Brilliant!” Herman thought. “It was worth all the effort contemplating this idea!”
Herman concluded that, to solve a problem, you first had to define it correctly. No generalizations are ever allowed because, the problem you identify is the problem you will solve.
“Problem solving starts by getting to the point,” Herman told himself. And he decided that very day that he would always make it a point to get to the point.
IN THE BIBLE …
The Bible tells us that we all have a problem. Every situation is tied in some manner to the problem of sin. We don’t like to talk about sin in mixed company, however, because people tend to connect it with good and bad, which does have a way of taking us down the road of judgment. But sin is actually more “sinister” than that. Sin is a state of being — a presence or an absence of some sort.
There are many important points to be uncovered in the Bible, but one truly stood out to Herman that day. It is especially pertinent to the issues of sin, health, life, and death. Scripture reveals that Jesus is the way. He is the truth. And He is the life (John 14:6).
LIFE GOES ON …
The next time you encounter a problem, ask yourself, “What is causing this?” When you arrive at a suitable answer, bore down a little deeper. Ask yourself, “And what caused that?” If you do it enough times, you will eventually discover the presence of sin.
If the sin is yours, repent. Change your direction. Alter the way you’re doing things or do something completely different.
If the sin belongs to someone else, and you can’t change it, then forgive. Don’t hold a grudge. Don’t try to get even. Acknowledge the hurt, but don’t dwell on the pain.
Either way, don’t generalize. Get to the point! Repent (change) or forgive. Both are acts of love!
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it! It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!