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Can Ya Fix It?

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I cannot remember exactly when I learned to ride a bike but I'm sure it was around the time I started to school, perhaps before, and I was only five when I entered the first grade. Perhaps the interesting thing is that I already knew how to repair a broken chain and fix a flat. I guess I've always shown an interest in developing technical skills.

For instance, by the age of seventeen I had already earned a 2 year diploma in electronics and  was offered a technician's job in TV/radio repair in a top shop. By age eighteen I was working alone as a hot oiler operator in the oilfields, and by age twenty-six I began training myself in the field of automotive repair, becoming a transmission & engine re-builder,electrical systems specialist, and earning certifications from every division of GM & Chrysler Motors in all 8 areas of repair. In the80's I began working on computer systems eventually running my own business in the 90's doing computer & network install/repair and even building my own private label computers. When I needed shop management and inventory software, I wrote my own in dBaseIII.

I've had a simple philosophy throughout my life... If they can build it, I can repair it. Believe me, I know my limitations, so I don't mean to 'toot my own horn', I'm simply confident in my technical knowledge, experience, and skills set. As a business owner, I enjoyed a loyal following of customers and I've actually had people express their belief that I can fix anything. That's a great feeling, a wonderful pay-off for the many years of study, hard work, and dedication to develop my skills. But then... there's reality.

I've had men literally bring broken equipment to me that they had tried to repair them-self, disassembled into a box full of pieces with the question, “Can ya fix it?” If it's mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, or hydraulic... probably. But as a pastor for many years I learned that when it comes to the things that really matter – no, I can't fix it!

I'm talking here about the really important stuff, the things that shape, make or altar one's life, habits, relationships, or spirituality. No, I can't fix it. I wish I could, but there are some things that no man can fix.

For example, I have been in the room when the doctor broke news to parents that their teen son is brain dead – and I was helpless to 'fix' it. I've met with many couples over extended periods of time who were struggling with their marriage relationship – and I was unable to 'fix' it. I've ministered to a couple hundred families who grieved the loss of a loved one – and I could not 'fix' their broken heart. I've counselled individuals who were struggling with substance abuse, even to the point of losing their family and being repeatedly jailed –but I could not 'fix' their cravings. I've listened carefully to veterans who lived for many years with the horror of war and of taking human life – but I could not 'fix' their troubled heart. And, I've shared Christ with many a person who were seeking peace through religious ritual – but it is impossible to 'fix' the lost soul separated from God by sin.

Yes, I can fix a vast array of material things, but when it comes to repairing the broken lives of people, I'm completely unable to meet the need. But, the good news is I know who CAN perform a healing work that no man on earth can do... and His name is JESUS!

Let's face it folks there are some things that are bigger than us - some things that are beyond our control. I thoroughly believe that God wants us to do what we can; to utilize the intelligence and abilities He has entrusted us with. Nevertheless, there are some things that are beyond us... some things that only God can do. I'm so glad that my Lord not only does not turn away the broken, desperate soul, but actually welcomes such with open arms.

Jesus expressed it this way...

 Matthew11:28 ¶Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy,and my burden is light.

I've enjoyed a wonderful life of technology. When it comes to electromechanical devices I've been a 'fixer' professionally for over 40 years. But, when it comes to broken lives I can only refer you to the ONLY one who can 'fix' it... I can introduce you to my Lord and true friend, Jesus.

As you and I move about this country either as a professional driver, sales person, technician, consultant, or even as a retired traveller – let's be faithful to employ “On The Go Ministry” by referring the broken to the only source of help available. Let's make time for people. Let's truly and carefully listen as they talk. Above all, let's lovingly point them to Jesus.

Here's essentially this devotional message in song by The Cathedral Quartet. Please take a moment to watch the video.


~ Larry Schoonover
(Originally posted on Facebook, December 27, 2013)

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