1 Secret to Fixing Nearly Any Problem

1 Secret to Fixing Nearly Any Problem

Creativity
About three days after Emily and I moved to Mexico the freezer we inherited from the previous missionaries broke. I called David, the guy who left it to us, and asked him who I should call to fix it.

He laughed. “You have to do it. Nobody will come out there.”

So I laughed. “Bro, I’m not mechanically inclined.”

I argued with him for a while. Finally, I gave up and resigned myself to the fact that apparently only I could fix this thing. I felt helpless. So I called my Mexican friend Max. He came over, grabbed a screwdriver and just started taking the freezer apart.

I was a bit concerned. “Have you ever done this before?”

He smiled. “No. But we’ll figure it out. We just have to look for what looks wrong.”

We popped off a few panels and quickly saw it. A “thingy” was cracked and frozen over. We took the “thingy” to a store and said, “We need this.” We took it home, replaced it, and voila! I fixed a freezer (sort of). I felt empowered.

Over the next six months I fixed two water pumps, an air conditioner, a hot-water heater, a sewer system, repaired a roof and several other random things.

I destroyed a lifelong mental block I had believed about myself. I discovered I could fix things. I realized that you can do nearly anything if you’ll just take the time.

I think many times in life we get a similar mental block when it comes to personal problems we face. We feel completely helpless and incapable of fixing it. A relationship, an addiction, a mistake we make over and over. But often times what we need to do is simply take the time to evaluate then take action. We may need to bring in some outside help who can work with us to dismantle some things.

But I’ve seen that you can fix many of the things that seem irreparably broken in your life. You just have to take the time and do the work. As followers of Christ we have power available to us. God himself says, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5) God can give us insight we can’t get on our own. Then he gives us the power to fix what’s wrong. It’s called grace.

The people who fix things are no smarter than you. They have just taken the time to learn and evaluate. You are not helpless. You have a mighty force living inside of you. God’s own Spirit will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13)

So don’t be intimidated. Don’t cower in the face of your challenge. You are not helpless. Take the time. Do the work. With God’s power you can be a fixer of broken things.