Too many times our human tendency is to run from life’s problems. Bad marriage? No problem, I’ll leave this one and find another. Bad finances? Alright, I’ll declare bankruptcy and rack up more debt. Problems in my church? No big deal, I’ll move to a better one.
Unfortunately, running doesn’t make our problems go away. Often, they are right there waiting for us at our new destination when we put on the brakes, patiently staring us down.
Stop your running and think for a second…no matter what you are running from what do you always have when you stop running? The answer is: You. You will always have you, and if you don’t change, you will always have your problems.
You are the Least Common Denominator (LCD) in your life. In mathematics, the LCD is simply a number that has a property common to some fractions which allows you to solve problems involving those fractions. In life, we are often the Least Common Denominator, or the common value to the issues we face. We are usually the common thread to our problems. If we would just take the time to stop running and search for the answers we need (through prayer, the scriptures, or good counsel), those problems would become manageable and we would turn to running less and less.
Now, emergencies are bound to happen. These are those occasions when you have no time to weigh your options or form a committee to get the right answer, you are in survival mode. By all means make a choice, stick to it, and run if you have to. Hopefully you prepared yourself as much as possible beforehand and you picked the right answer. Just remember that running – even in situations where running would be appropriate – is a short-term solution. You are simply trying to survive to fight another day.
Once the dust settles, though, don’t let yourself stay in survival mode. You were never created to merely survive. You were created in the image of God. You were designed to dominate your environment. The scriptures record God commanding Adam and Eve to:
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion...” Gen 1:28 (NLT), emphasis mine
To have dominion over your problems on this earth, you have to learn to bring them under submission and dominate (to bring under your dominion). At some point, you need to take responsibility for where you are at (even if it’s not your fault) and subdue that thing to the best of your ability. Let God do the rest.
So get back into the fight, decide to stop running, fight those giants, and make the choice to dominate!