John 2:3-5 – And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
I really appreciate the actions of Mary in this story. She noticed the problem. She brought the problem to Jesus’ attention. She went a step further and brought a possible solution to the table. She told the servants to get ready.
First of all, Jesus could have surveyed the data, dialogued a bit more with Mary, and then decided to let the problem sober up by itself. All problems don’t need to be dealt with. Some problems are nothing more than the dying convulsion of a dead program.
Secondly, Jesus had the obvious option of overriding her solution and choosing a different plan. All solutions may not be operational – but at least they are optional.
Whether or not your solution sticks – at least you had the initiative to introduce it.
It is one thing to notice problems that may arise in a church, family, or workplace. It is much better to add a solution to the problem. This is what separates the men from the boys. Some people have the ability to look beyond the problem and see a possible solution. When you approach your leader, don’t just bring problems, bring possible solutions.