Heartache

The Root Cause

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At one point in my life I worked for a pharmaceutical company.  The job I enjoyed more than all the others I did there was conducting investigations.  Because we were manufacturing medicinal products for human consumption, each product had to be manufactured according to strict governmental guidelines.  Any anomaly in the manufacturing process could jeopardize the saleability of the product and potentially cost the company millions of dollars.  Therefore every time something went wrong in manufacturing, the incident had to be carefully investigated to determine its impact on the product.  Some investigations were quite simple and easily resolved.  There were some investigations, however, that were quite extensive and would involve several departments within the company. 

When conducting an investigation, one thing we always had to look for was the root cause.  In other words, what was the underlying factor(s) that caused this anomaly to occur in the manufacturing process?   Once that was determined we could come up with a preventative action to keep the problem from reoccurring in the future.  Determining the root cause and coming up with a preventative action sometimes required some very creative thinking!

With this investigative process as a basis, I have a question I would like to ask:

What is the root cause of all the pain, heartache, and woes of our modern society?

The answer might be easier to determine than what you think.

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On the Worst Day of Your Life

What do you do on the worst day of your life?  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  That day when the bottom falls out of your life and you are left feeling shocked, devastated, and sick at heart.  When that day comes, how do you respond?  Fortunately for us, King David once again shows us the way.

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Nothing is Ever Wasted

We have all felt it at one time or another:  the soul-searing pain of loss.  A job suddenly comes to an end.  A business we have invested in fails.  A relationship we have invested time and energy in ends painfully.  In those moments we can feel like all the time, effort and resources we invested was a huge waste.  Do I have good news for you…

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