Fresh Hope – 12 May 2017

Don’t you just love a project? Maybe you’re into DIY and you have a list of things that you want to get done around the house. Maybe you’re a student with a pressing deadline. Truth is, many of us get great satisfaction from looking at something and thinking ‘how can I improve that?’ There’s also something great about seeing something through to completion.

Often, we approach people in the same way that we approach DIY. We look at their brokenness or situation and think ‘I can fix that.’

The problem is that when things don’t go as planned, we can become frustrated with people for not turning out how expected them to be.

We’ve all heard stories of people who thought they could fix that leak and a flood and expensive bill later, they’ve had to hand it to an expert instead.

People aren’t projects. A challenge for today is not to try to fix or improve people but simply to love and understand them. This is where God really shines through you and He can fix those broken places in people that we love. Or even yourself.

He’s the only one who can truly make us whole. It may seem like the long way round but it’s much better to be worked on by the master craftsman, than a hobbyist.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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