Monday, October 29, 2012

The Key to Solving Problems


Patrick Webster holds the world's record for the most sneezes in a lifetime. For over 35 years, the man from Hampshire, England sneezed every two minutes, which equaled 600-700 times a day. His 7 million sneezes placed him in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Webster saw more than 60 doctors, taking skin tests and drug treatments, but nothing stopped the attacks. "I sneezed hundreds of times a day, all year round. It was exhausting," he explained. "I was so desperate that I took six months off work and ended up in three different hospitals. One doctor even told me I must be allergic to myself."

A private clinic specializing in nutrition finally discovered the cause of his problem. Patrick was allergic to egg yolk and oats, which had been eating every day since he was 17 years old. "As soon as I gave up eating the foods they indicated, the sneezing stopped."

To solve any problem, you must first find out what's causing it. That sounds so simple, but many of us are treating the symptoms to our problems instead of digging deep enough to uncover the root.  We're buying more handkerchiefs and pinching our noses, while our sneezing continues. But if you don't pinpoint the real cause, you will never find the cure.

Most marriage problems are rooted in selfish attitudes. Financial debt is usually caused by covetousness and a lack of disciplined spending. Most problems are rooted in wrong attitudes in your heart. Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders" (Matt. 15:19).

What problem is bothering you? If you'll think it through, you will eventually find what's causing it. When you fix that, the problem will be solved.