Jer 15:18-19 18 Why has my pain been perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream with water that is unreliable?19 Therefore, thus says the LORD,” If you return, then I will restore you – before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them. NASU
There is an old saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Another saying is one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Some business acquisitions happen because sometimes one man’s worthless situation is another man’s profitability. The word worthless is an adjective that means lacking worth; of no use or value or low; despicable.
Over the last few decades recycling has become a way of life. No longer is it an option. In communities all around the world people are separating their trash in order to find another use for it or to make the same product over and over again. Recently as I was watching one of my favorite television shows on the BBC, a show called the Dragons Den, there was an inspiring entrepreneur who created furniture from what others would call trash. Discarded shopping carts became chairs and other items also became furniture.
We have progressed as a society that has learned to make something of the worthless or at least obey the rules of recycling in some cases.
Moments and circumstances are also recyclable. It doesn’t matter if these moments are past, present or future. All moments in time and space are real estate, which need to be used. Napoleon Hill has often said, “in every problem there is also an equivalent seed of benefit”. It is vitally important to see beyond the problems and circumstance in order to find that certain seed that will generate a benefit that exceeds or equals the past or current pain.
Pain is unavoidable, so we might as well get all that we can out of the situation. Millions of dollars are made each year, month, even day by people who can look past the problem to see the solution. Acquisitions and mergers are solutions to problems.
Everything can be recycled. I grew up without the knowledge of who my biological father is. To this day I still don’t know who he is. Self-pity could have consumed me and caused this fact to damage my future. Instead I simply learned to thank God that I was born and that I have a chance to make something of what many would call a problem, mistake, or even an accident. In my mind I realized that everything happens for a reason. I chose to make sure that I was the best father that I could be. I made up my mind to do life with my kids. As I am writing this chapter I am on a plane on a Monday morning with my wife, two sons, and daughter headed to California to preach faith, work with a local church staff to ramp up for their next level, and finish the week coaching a meeting with a CEO and his team. Our family values are being together and doing life together so every year our children choose to be home schooled in order for them to be able accompany me on the work that I do. I made a decision to see my children every day of their lives as they are growing and maturing. I don’t want them to miss their father and I don’t want to miss them. I am not talking about just being absent. I am talking about me missing them grow up, because I am too busy with life. Well, everyone does not share this conviction and I don’t want to force my conviction on anyone. My conviction comes from a personal pain that I needed to give a reason to. I love it! I get to raise my kids even though my chosen vocation demands that I travel.
I believe that because I didn’t have the benefits of having a father around I had to learn to push just a little bit harder. I had to start everything from scratch; I had to learn many things on my own. When your life starts as a problem you learn that problems do not define you.
Problems are opportunities in disguise. If you look deeply into the eyes of the problem you will de-mask it and reveal its real face. Inside of each mess there is a message, inside each test there is a testimony. Inside each day there is a problem and if you are brave enough to look that problem dead in the eye you will discover your dream. There lies a huge amount of energy within each problem. It will either become worry and fear or boldness and power.
The condition of your heart determines the condition of your sight according to Titus 1:15, To the pure all things are pure. But to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled. How does a person become defiled and unbelieving? What are signs that you may be defiled and unbelieving? It is important that we understand how a person can become defiled and unbelieving, the effects of being defiled and unbelieving, and how to be free from living as a defiled and unbelieving person. Not only does the defiled and unbelieving person not see the pure when things are pure, but they would not be able to see the pure in the midst of any circumstances. To the pure all things are pure. But to the defiled and unbelieving even their mind and conscience is defiled.
I believe that fear is defiling, worry is defiling, and doubt is defiling. To defile something means to make it impure. Intelligence has a huge part in success. If a person lacks the aptitude to carry out a specific task then they will not succeed in that given task. The way we think is based upon our intelligence and aptitude. A person who has been hurt in the past may develop a victim’s mentality, which may affect the way they think regarding their performance on a team.
Unprocessed pain will become punishment, intellectually pain will become a victim mindset, and emotionally pain will develop a seared conscience and become blind to our faults.
Computers need to be de-fragged sometimes. This is also true with our minds. The ability to think will be limited because our current and future process capacity is based upon past references.
Our conscience enables us to know when we are wrong and when we are not thinking right about the pain. If we never know that we are wrong then we will never know when to ask for forgiveness or possibly even receive forgiveness. The meaning for conscience: “possessing the faculty of knowing one’s own thoughts or mental operations.” This definition helps me understand why having a clear conscience is so important. The bible makes it clear that the blood of Jesus has cleaned our conscience. (Heb. 9:14) We have been set free from sin consciousness. We have been made clean. We have been made new. (Heb. 10:2)