I eat problems for breakfast. Well...at least, that's what I tell myself.
I have learned that there are few things in life that are guaranteed: taxes (ugh), old age (never), death (Heaven for me please), and PROBLEMS.
Yes my friend, problems. An underdeveloped skill that I think aspiring leaders lack is not their creativity, nor their personal fashion sense (skinny jeans anyone), but their struggle is in good ol' problem-solving.
The ability to solve problems will be necessary throughout our entire lives until we reach Heaven!
As a matter of fact, you should see yourself as a problem-solving genius. Well, maybe in time. But to be honest, I cannot tell you how many times I have come across obstacles, trials, resistance, etc - things that tried to stand in my way of accomplishing something I set out to do.
Here is a truth to remember: You will not be PROMOTED beyond the PROBLEMS you cannot solve. If you cannot solve problems on a junior leadership level, what makes you think you can handle senior level stuff? The reason surgeons get paid great money is because they can solve some pretty complicated problems. I mean...I wouldn't know how to cut open a skull and do brain surgery? The reason you might have gotten promoted in the first place is because you "out-solved" your former place of position. Joseph was promoted because he solved a problem his colleagues could not.
When you become a problem-solver, you give yourself more opportunities to increase your impact in the workplace and even in ministry. Your ABILITY to solve problems will take you further in life than you realize.
Ask yourself - Do you run from problems? Do you avoid problems? Do you shun responsibility for fear of having to deal with problems?
All things in life: career, jobs, relationships, goals, education, etc., have problems. Be determined to become the BEST problem-solver you know.
Right now, there is probably a problem knocking at your door.
What do you plan to do about it?
- Pastor Abram Gomez
Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor at Valley International Christian Center in San Benito, TX. He serves under the leadership of Bishop Jaime Loya and helps in leading the 2000 member congregation. Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Church Ministries. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Abram has served in various roles such a Church Planting, Life Groups Director, Youth Pastor, and Administrator to name a few. He is also a contributing writer to Valley Christian Magazine, which reaches out to the entire region of the Rio Grande Valley. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their daughter Isabella.