Are You a “Fixer”?...
A lot of us are! I know that I have spent way too much time over the years trying to fix things… you know, as in, fix other people, fix broken things, fix all kinds of problems and even occasionally try to fix the things of God more to my liking. Now, it is important to note that there are many things that we can fix, especially if its things like our character, our commitment to God and our relationships. But many things are simply not fixable and they end up getting too much of our energy. In fact, those things that aren’t fixable can often distract us from the things God wants us to work on and give our attention to.
At the heart of the “fixer” problem is often the fear of letting someone down. Let me give you a personal example (I bet you can relate). Recently I was approached about leading a couple of significant ministry events, both events were really good and worthy for the Kingdom of God. I delayed my answer to those who’d asked me to lead them both so that I might have time to lay them before the Lord and seek His direction regarding my role… after several days of praying, and lacking a clear word and a certain peace I declined the request. I must admit in my younger days of ministry I would have probably accepted the roles simply because of the opportunity to help in a worthy ministry event or because I didn’t want to let down those who had asked me. You know, I tried to play the role of the “fixer.” I can tell you I did far too many things that I shouldn’t have and gave far too much spiritual energy to things that were good Kingdom matters, but not really on God’s agenda for me.
See, I told you that you could relate! But let me be careful to also say that we must never use the “fixer” idea as an easy cop-out from doing things we must do, we should do, and from sacrificially serving our Lord. How can you know the difference? It’s all about life in the Spirit.
Recently I found myself slipping back into that old “fixer” mindset. Are you there? It’s easy to find yourself trying to address and fix everything great or small, trying to please everyone and keep everyone happy, trying to fix every problem and solve every dilemma. It’s easy to get there isn’t it? Are you there? It is an exhausting and godless agenda. And the irony is, neither you nor I can possibly pull it off. Yet we can unknowingly end up on the “fixer” treadmill out of fear of letting someone down.
We need to be reminded that there is only one person we must not let down, God. And He has a better way. As the prophet said… “This is the word of the Lord…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6, ESV) How much easier life is when we stop trying to fix it all and walk in step with the Spirit of God. Now,---are you there?
Today I’ll continue in our new series, Careless Christianity. It’s about how we unwittingly neglect our Christianity and become lethargic in our faith. In today’s message I’ll share with you how our careless ears can affect what we become for God. It is my prayer that your life will be spiritual strengthened and your heart transformed by His Word for you today. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone,