Third: There’s the kind that when they’re broken someone else has to fix. AND
Fifth: There’s the kind that when they’re broken we’ve got to fix.
Continuing our look at Charlie Shedd’s rules about fixing broken things. This will be rather short but significant. As you can see, I am joining rules three and rule five. But I will make this point about the differences. Number 3: Someone else has to fix. We should not be trying to fix things that we have no knowledge or experience to qualify us for that issue! For instance, you might volunteer to fix the drip on your neighbor’s faucet, but you probably better not volunteer to drain his sewer. 😀
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” Who asked that question? Aw, yes, I see hands raised all over the room. God was not as blunt with his answer as I am going to be. I say, “Yes, you are.”
Considering Jesus’ comments about the Commandments. First, love God with all your heart, and second, Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
I’m not going to hop in right away to say we need to mend broken hearts, preach the gospel, give to missions … Oops, I guess I did it anyway, didn’t I?
Try some of these ideas and see if they play a part in “fixing” broken people.
- Air up the bicycle tire for the kid next door.
- Take some cookies to the preacher on a week that has not be designated as “pastor appreciation.”
- Fix the alarm clock for your brother-in-law who sleeps on your couch.
- Fix the faulty staircase that have told your wife you will fix – every week now for three months.
- Fix some bacon and eggs for a surprise family breakfast.
- Put some water in the container for the windshield wiper.
- Prune and clear out the fence row you share with your neighbor.
- Replace the rubber welcome mat so a visitor will not trip.
- Set the genie in the car so it will open the garage door.
- Put your pictures in a family album.
- Drop a donation in the fireman’s boots as they hold a benefit drive.
- Take a box of diapers to the pregnancy center.
Hopefully, these dozen “do’s” will help you see how easy it is to help fix people by fixing things.
But stick with things you can do!