Our Attempts To Do Life

When the type on his printer began to grow faint, Bob called a local repair shop where a friendly clerk informed him the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told Bob he might be better off reading the printer's manual and trying the job himself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, Bob asked, "Does your boss know that you discourage business?"

"Actually, it's my boss' idea," the employee replied sheepishly. "We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first."

Back in the 70’s I had a watch witch was powered by a spring. Remember those watches? One day it quit working. There was no way to wind it up, so I took off the back plate and inspected the inner guts of the watch. The spring had come unhooked. I tried to fix it. I failed. So I took it in to the repair shop. The repairman looked at the watch using glasses that had a magnifying glass attached to it. He looked at the watch then looked over his glasses at me. Busted. He knew I had tried to fix the watch. He said, “It is now broken beyond repair.” Lesson learned: There are times you need to take a broken item to one skilled in fixing it. I had to buy a new watch.

I wonder how often God looks at our attempts to do life, our attempts to fix ourselves, and thinks, “You should have come to me.” Thankfully there is no life that is beyond repair when we go to God. God can fix any brokenness. And He does it for free! It costs us nothing, but it cost Him the death of His Son on a cross. Go to an expert when things are not going well in your life. Go to God!

Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul.”

Pastor Frahm