A colleague emailed me with a question regarding why a program wouldn’t work correctly on her computer.  I went to her room to see what was going on.  I walked her through the steps to get it working and got to the point where you select “allow” (for access to the microphone) and she couldn’t select the radio button with her mouse.

At that point, it would have been easy to give up.  I thought about how to fix it.  We clicked around and tried a few things.  Then I thought, “What about using the keyboard to select the “allow” option?”  I tried it and it worked.  Problem solved.

The reflection I took away from helping my colleague is that we often run into problems, either big or small, that allow us to demonstrate our character.  The question then is, what will drive our response?  Will it be anger, frustration, or fear that motivate our response or will it be a controlled temper and trust in the process?

As church starters (many of us bi-vocational), monitoring how we respond is crucial because the problems we face often have to be taken care of with less people, less finances, less time etc.  It’s too easy to succumb to the feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless.  We may want to give up.  However, the reality of “less” is not a reason or excuse for a poor, unwise response to a tough situation.

In Ephesians, the apostle Paul addresses how we should live out our calling:

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3, ESV

Our pursuit in all situations (even if we’re in jail like Paul was), is to live in a way that demonstrates humility, gentleness, patience, etc.  Of course, it’s difficult to be all of these things even when life is easy, but especially when it’s tough.  However, we have the Holy Spirit and we have each other for encouragement to keep on going and never give up regardless of what comes our way.