all the answers

I started the day trying to figure out why a computer wasn’t connecting to the Internet. I powered a couple things off and back on. I took a different computer and connected it directly to the modem. I was working to identify what the problem wasn’t so I could figure out what it was.

One of the people I was helping kept asking, “Do you have it figured out?”


Her expression said, “I thought you would know the answer.”

After a call to tech support and some more working through the process, the problem was solved.

That afternoon a friend stopped by with a question about something a child wanted to do. Later in the afternoon, another friend called about a difficult church situation he faces.  In both cases we talked, I asked some questions, offered some stories from my life and from the Bible and from the intersections of the two. In both cases, when we started talking, there wasn’t a simple answer like “yes” or “no” or “you just do this.”  Both cases involved taking principles, applying them to the situation, and then living through the application process. A process of learning and understanding and growing.

The discussions reminded me of something Paul wrote to his friend and mentee Timothy:

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Keep doing the thing you know is right. Keep practicing. Keep making the walk of faith what matters most. And other people will see progress. And other people will be changed.

I don’t know all the answers. But I have to take the ones I have and apply them.

2 thoughts on “all the answers

  1. Rich Dixon

    So why is it that I can do this well–except with the people I know best? Why does there seem to be an inverse relationship between closeness and things like patience and keeping tempers in check?

    I wonder if Jesus “vented” at His disciples? Probably not, huh?


    1. Jon Swanson

      I know, Rich. In fact, we were talking about this last night in our wed night study. But I’m pretty sure it’s so we learn that even at home away from the spotlights and accolades, we still have to learn to trust.


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