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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 29, 2013 - Fix It Right

By Gary Rogers

When attempting to repair something, sometimes my approach is the quick fix. The quick fix sounds something like, "Put some duct tape on it. Just wire it up and see how long that will last. Hit it again with the hammer."

Rarely does the quick fix work. For me, that approach normally breaks something else. The challenge is sometimes you can't afford to buy the part that is broken. Other times you don't have the resources to restore something right. The quick fix is an attempt to get by until a complete repair can be made.

The time between the quick fix and total correction is dangerous. During this period the part falls off the car and a hideous noise comes from under the hood that means "You're stranded!" This is when you're going downhill on your bicycle at a high rate of speed and the hand brake comes off; slowing down is no longer an option. The lighting fixture during a family dinner decides the chain from which it hangs is not sufficient for its weight, and the table receives a new centerpiece.

This "hurry up and fix it" approach is especially dangerous in our relationship with God. The tendency is to want everything from God to be quick and easy. The thinking is if God is God, then it should be microwave fast and drive-through easy. This is not only wrong, it is dangerous.

Many things from God take time and effort. An in-depth understanding of God's Word does not happen overnight. The building of Christian character and integrity often comes through making mistakes and recovering from those errors. Finding daily time alone with God takes effort. Telling your family and friends about Jesus takes the Holy Spirit's guidance during long-term relationships.

Don't expect the quick fix approach to bring lasting durability. Seek God and grow in Him. With time, God can fix it right!

"I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6, ESV).

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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