Most difficulties in life only get more difficult the longer we refuse to deal with them. Things rarely get easier by avoidance.

That includes interpersonal strife: “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.” (Proverbs 17:14)

Reconciliation: “Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.” (Matthew 5:25)

Childrearing: “Discipline your son while there is hope …” (Proverbs 19:18a, NASB)

Personal temptation: “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)

A foolish business commitment: “My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.” (Proverbs 6:1-5)

In each case the path of wisdom is to lean into the challenge and, to use the words of a wise old deputy sheriff, “Nip it in the bud!(be sure to click the link!)