We live in a culture that worships doing, fixing, tweaking, improving. Nothing is ever good enough—fast enough, smart enough, strong enough, beautiful enough. Humankind has made it its business to work and work and worry and worry. We’re inundated with messages—from traditional media and social media—that offer solutions, or encourage us to find solutions, to all our problems. There’s always a product, a process, a program that can fix what needs fixing, improve what needs improving.
But it’s not the fix-it mindset itself that’s the problem. It can actually be pretty great in many respects. No, the problem is when we begin to adopt this mindset first and most when problems arise—large and small. The problem is when the fix-it mindset is our always go-to. And that’s a lot, isn’t it? We like to feel like we are in control.
And that’s is why this message hit Jennifer and me right between the eyes. We realize that, too often, we just don’t turn to God first. We turn, instead, to problem-solving—to what can be done, logically, practically, in our own strength and power and will. And then, only when every possible solution has been exhausted, do we decide to turn to God. And that’s not very often. I mean, most of the problems we encounter are of a size that we can solve them.
And in our pride, we forget that we’re not alone. We are never meant to be alone. But we forget that, and we turn our eyes away from an amazing, loving, generous Father who never leaves our side, who loves to give us counsel and help in our time of need, and we carry on like orphans—thinking we have nowhere to turn, assuming that we are cut off from all support and help, concluding that it’s all up to us.
Listen to “The Best Way to Handle Problems.”