My son and I were reading over a math review on multiples of 10. The instructions seemed funny to me in that they said to, "isolate the facts and then adding the zeros". Referring to the numbers other than zero as the facts and making the zero seem like no big deal. When it's the zeros that give the value. After all the it's the zeros on the end of a check that can make all the difference. Later that day I found myself still mulling over the idea of how isolating the facts made the math quick and simple. I found myself asking, if this is true for math how could it related to problems in life? Could it work the same way?
Well life, as it often does quickly gave me the perfect chance to test it out.
I had become a bit overwhelmed while facing some choices for the salon and my thoughts were more focused on the "zeroes" of the situation. The what ifs started to get the better of me. What if I make a wrong move? What if I go in a direction that's not what God has for me? What if it's not Gods time for this? I was reminded of the math work. The application looked something like this.
I had to first ask what are the facts here? For me it was two fold.
1. What is required of me?
New Living Translation (NLT)
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
2. What is His promise for me?
Psalm 1:3 NLT
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Once I had isolated my facts the answer was clear for me. The zeros are still there, but they are not the facts. The facts for me change how I feel about the truth of what is going on in my season.
Once I was looking at these things free of stress it was easy to see what was clear and simple for my business.
Like my son's math, the perspective of truth was all that it took to bring this big problem down to a scale that was truly simple to solve.
What are the zeroes and facts in the math problems of your life?
Thank you for your love and wisdom. Help us to see what your facts are in our lives.
Give us your wisdom and courage in facing these things.
Thank you that you never leave us and always love us.