Don’t overlook the problem-solving gifts you’ve been given

Biblical Wisdom for Christian Women in Business

I got into communication because I wanted to understand how messages work. What are they made of? Why do they work – or, as the case may be, not? I figured that if I could understand what made a piece of communication work well then I could help people solve the problem of how to get a message across well.

Actually, I didn’t really see it as solving a problem at all. I was simply fascinated by the whole thing and wanted to know how to write better. But then I found that people were asking me to help them solve the same or similar issues.

On top of that, I held positions where I was using my writing skills to solve various problems – for example, writing and editing articles and resources for people living with multiple sclerosis and for parents who needed help to solve a problem their children were facing at school.

Your skills or attributes are the answer to other people’s problems

Recently I watched a trailer from womenfix.com in which women were asked to think about women they knew who were solving world problems. The women interviewed said they could not think of a single example of a woman who solved a problem! That’s either because they were looking in the wrong places or undervaluing the things women do or skills they have.

We’re solving problems that might not look like problems to us but surely do make a difference to people’s lives.

The bible calls us to solve problems that alleviate the suffering of the poor, weak, fatherless, widow, sick and so on.  As Christian women in business, whether our businesses are directly or indirectly connected with these groups of people, we still ought to have initiatives in place to fix the kinds of problems they and their families might face.

Besides, being in business is about solving problems (although some businesses create a ‘problem’ first, and then offer to solve it, but that’s a story for another time!) and being women often means we solve them differently to men.

Abigail solves a problem

The Old Testament records a story of how a woman called Abigail solved a problem that could have cost more than just the life of her brutish and mean husband, Nabal. When David was on the run from Saul and needed supplies he sent to Nabal (which means Fool) and asked him to help. David figured Nabal would be only too pleased to help considering he (David) protected Nabal’s men while they were keeping their master’s sheep in the fields. But Nabal ran them off with insults.

When Abigail got to hear about it she used her good sense and sent gifts to appease David’s anger. The bible describes Abigail, whose name means ‘source of joy’, as ‘a woman of good understanding’. She recognized that God was with David and in due course would establish his kingdom. Abigail, if you like, was setting up a position of favour with the future king.

In turn, David, impressed with her boldness and wisdom, thanked her for saving him from committing the sin of murder.

Abigail was one lone woman bravely facing the king and his army even while they were on their way to destroy Nabal and all who belonged to him. She saw a problem and acted to solve it, thereby saving the lives of tens if not hundreds of men, women and children.

Nabal, meanwhile, was in a drunken celebration of the shearing of his sheep, unaware that his foolish behavior had rendered his own and the lives of those around him in danger.

And what did Abigail use to solve this awful situation? She used the soft skills of communication and initiative. She used humility, tact and discernment. And she used good timing.

Besides that, Abigail used wisdom and chose not to tell her husband what she had done until the following morning when he had sobered up, at which point the man had a heart attack, fell into a coma and died a few days later.

After the death of her husband, Abigail became the wife of king David thereby securing her future and security.

Are you overlooking something?


 

You very likely have a pool of skills and attributes you could draw on not only to solve your own problems, but also those other people face.

Do you know what they are? And are you using them?