“FIXER”

“COME TO ME, ALL WHO ARE WEARY AND HEAVY-LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. TAKE MY YOKE UPON UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. FOR MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.” MATTHEW 11: 28-30 NIV

READ: MATTHEW 23: 11-24

ARE YOU A FIXER? DO OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS SEEM EASIER TO FIX THAN YOUR OWN?

WHEN WE SEE THE PROBLEMS OF OTHERS, WE MUST BE OBEDIENT TO GOD. SOMETIMES OUR EFFORTS TO FIX ANOTHER’S PROBLEM IS A HELPING HAND, WHILE AT OTHER TIMES WE CAN BE INTERFERING. I AM REMINDED OF A LADY MANY YEARS AGO WHO WOULD RUN TO THE AID OF ANYONE WITH A PROBLEM. IN HINDSIGHT, HER EFFORTS WERE SELFISH. SHE ACTUALLY OFFERED LITTLE HELP, BUT ONLY GATHERED INFORMATION SHE USED TO ENFORCE HER GOSSIP.

IN ORDER TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE, WE MUST START WITH PRAYER. BEFORE GOING TO THE PERSON IN TROUBLE, ASK GOD WHAT YOU ARE TO DO. THEN, TELL THE PERSON OF YOUR TIME IN PRAYER AND ‘ASK’ HOW YOU CAN BE OF HELP. IT MAY BE BEST FOR THEM AND YOU TO BE A COMFORTING EAR TO LISTEN. WHAT OTHERS NEED MOST ARE PRAYERS. THEY MAY ALSO NEED PHYSICAL HELP OR FINANCIAL HELP. OFFER TO HELP, BUT DON’T BECOME A BURDEN. LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE THERE BECAUSE YOU CARE. TAKE THE TIME TO PRAY WITH THEM. KEEP IN MIND; IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR MOST TO ASK FOR HELP AND STILL DIFFICULT FOR MANY TO ACCEPT HELP. IN THESE SITUATIONS, IT MAY SEEM THAT WHATEVER YOU DO IS NOT ENOUGH AT THE TIME. BUT, WHAT YOU DO PRAYERFULLY WILL BE BEST.

TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE HELPING OTHERS. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE GATHERING ATTENTION OR BENEFITING YOURSELF, EVALUATE WHY YOU ARE HELPING. OUR GREATEST BENEFIT AND PAYMENT SHOULD BE THE SILENT THANKFULNESS FROM GOD AND NOTHING FROM OTHERS. IN ANY CASE, DON’T BE LIKE THE PHARISEES.

YOU CAN’T MAKE SOMEONE ELSE HAPPY, HEALTHIER, MORE SECURE, WEALTHY, STRONGER OR MORE HONEST. YOU CAN’T…BUT GOD CAN.

DON’T FORGET YOURSELF. SOMETIMES, WE LOOK AT REACHING OUT TO OTHERS WHEN WE ARE THE ONES WHO NEED ‘FIXING’ THE MOST. WE MAY HAVE DECIDED OUR PROBLEMS DON’T NEED FIXING OR OUR PROBLEMS MAY SEEM SO MONUMENTAL WE RUN FROM THE IDEA OF EVEN THINKING ABOUT THEM. WE, FIRST, NEED TO CONCENTRATE UPON FIXING OURSELVES THAN FIXING OTHERS. FIXING OURSELVES STARTS WITH PRAYER. A GOOD LONG TALK WITH GOD ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU NEED TO START.

WHEN HELPING ANOTHER OR ‘FIXING’ YOUR OWN PROBLEMS, DEPEND UPON GOD’S STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE AND NOT YOUR OWN.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “PRECIOUS LORD, THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. GIVE ME PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING TO HELP THOSE YOU HAVE PUT IN MY PATH. I, ALSO, ASK FOR UNDERSTANDING MYSELF AND HOW TO WALK IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS AS YOU WOULD HAVE. AMEN.”