Good problem to have

This is a phrase you need to adopt: "This is a good problem to have."

Just because it's a problem, doesn't mean that it isn't good.
Just because it's good, doesn't mean that it isn't a problem.

Problems tax your resources, challenge your plans, force you to adapt. Good problems may make it so you can face your problems with a light step, but that doesn't make them not problems. Pretending that a good problem isn't a problem at all prevents you from taking advantage of the opportunity that the problem presents.

Imagine you have a dozen students who want to go to a conference. The conference will be a great experience for them. But none of the students can drive. This is a good problem to have: a dozen students who want to go to a conference, even though they can't drive. Pretending like this isn't a problem prevents us from actually figuring out how to get the students to the conference.

But you see the other side of the coin too, right?

You'll miss something if you don't see the problem as a good problem. To be grateful for the students, even if you don't know how you're going to get them to where they need to go ... that's important too. Calling something "a problem" should not necessarily mean that you're calling it "bad." The best opportunities often present themselves as problems at first glance.

Now, not every problem is a good problem to have. I know that. But quite a few of them are. And you need to be able to fit those two pieces together: good and problem. If you do, you'll miss out.

God often sends us his blessings in the form of "good problems." They draw us out of our safe spaces, into places where we can encounter and lean on him.

Have you run into any "good problems" lately?

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