The story is told of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  In the spring of 1945 his health was fragile.  WWII was turning towards resolution and it was only a matter of months before victory was declared by the Allied Forces.  But Roosevelt would not live to see it.  He was 63 and his health was fragile.  He started an unprecendented fourth term as president but it was only started never finished.  One April day while sitting for a presidential portrait he complained of a sharp pain in his head.  He suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and died shortly after.

The nation grieved the loss of their president.  Vice President Harry Truman approached Eleanor Roosevelt and asked what he could do for the family.  She famously replied “Is there anything we can do for you?  You are the one with all the problems now?”

It is said that if you have a mortgage with a bank and owe them $200,000 and you can’t pay them, you have financial problems.  If you owe the bank $200 million dollars and can’t pay them, you don’t have a problem, the bank does.  We all have problems.

To be human is to have problems.  Financial problems.  Health problems.  Relational problems.  Work problems.  Friend problems.  Intellectual problems.  The human condition is no stranger to problems.  If you have some right now, you are human.  If you haven’t any right now–hang on, there’ll likely be some in the near future.

What do you do with them?

Embrace them.  They don’t go away by avoiding them.

Share them.  A problem shared is a problem halved.

Enjoy them.  Even grey clouds have silver linings.  Nothing happens without a purpose.  I wonder what the greater purpose might be in the midst of my problems?

Pray about them.  Talk to God.  It’s amazing what telling God what’s on your heart can be helpful.

We all have problems.  Welcome to the club.  Don’t let them get you down.

 

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