Quick fix

The method we use known as the 'quick fix' is a non-exact science. Each time we try to use the 'quick fix' system there is a risk that a bigger problem might be created instead. Time is wasted; the right way to solve the problem is skipped.

Car trouble, construction work, lawn mowers. You know the drill - use the 'quick fix' only to be frustrated by the loss of time cause it did not work!

How about fixing a relationship? Say those 'quick fix' magic words to end the tension. "It's okay."  "You'll be ok." Don't cry, be strong." "It'll get fixed soon." "Everything happens for a reason." But often the problems are bigger than those simple words can grasp. So instead of helping the person we make things worse...these "quick fix' words come across as unsympathetic and insensitive.

The absolute worst place for a 'quick fix' is in our spiritual life. Our sin shows our imperfection and so we say, "everything is gonna be alright," or "just do 'this' and you'll be fixed."  These are not even close to being of help. There is much more than that. The problem of sin is so big that there's only one way to fix it. Jesus Christ. He's the Father's long-term plan to fix all of us. We have peace, forgiveness and new life In Him. Because He fixed our lives the problems do not get bigger. Instead the problems are solved by having peace and joy in our hearts. We cannot use the 'quick fix' by our own means to fix our spiritual life. Instead our faith in Him shows that His work fixed us.

Since we are fixed by His love we can see the problems of life differently. Put away the "quick fix solution kit" when listening to someone who is troubled. Try to understand. Be helpful. Sometimes be silent and carefully listen in love and support.

Whether quick or slow the most important thing is to walk side by side with others reflecting Christ's love.

(from an idea by Kim Starr)

Rev. Lucas André Albrecht
Chaplain at Ulbra, Parish Pastor at “St. Paul”,
Canoas ,RS, Brazil

Text revision:
Ms. Kim Starr
MA Practical Theology & Deaconess Certified
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