Fixing stuff or Not fixing stuff

Recently,  I’ve worked on three electronic devices – 2 seven inch tablets and a cell phone.  I watched Youtube videos on how to fix them, and I tried getting the right tools for the job.  I hoped and prayed that I could fix them.  Well, needless to say, I failed at all three attempts and actually made them worse than before I started.  One of the tablets I gave to a person who does those kinds of repairs – and it got fixed.  The other two devices were a lost cause and ended up in the trash.  I tried and failed.  Will I try again in the future?  Probably.  We try and fail sometimes, but eventually we will succeed at some point in some way.  I want to live a life of at least trying, knowing that I may fail, but to be OK with that and move on or keep trying.  At some point I need to re-evaluate my motives and stop if I continually fail time after time after time.   Being a member of church, are we afraid to try new things with the possibility of failure?  Jesus gave his disciples countless second chances after they messed up.  Perhaps I can do the same with myself some day.  I hope you can too.

5 thoughts on “Fixing stuff or Not fixing stuff”

      1. Thank you so much for your question Lucy! Your observation is right on target. As for my part, I needed to be more detailed in my response to the “requires” comments. Yes, God does NOT require us to do anything. Grace is free and doesn’t depend upon our response or non-response. God’s love and acceptance of us doesn’t require us to do anything. I guess as a human being trying to muddle through life the best that I can. I have found that I grow most when I am challenged in certain ways. I believe that we have opportunities to make a positive difference in the world. The best I can do sometimes is to show up and try – give it my best shot.

      2. Hi Lucy – I had the same thought. Requiring one to even “try” hints at “works righteousness” and chafes against the Lutheran tradition of “by grace alone”. I’m right there with you. But I did like the sentiment, so I decided to do a little digging.

        There are several similar quotes attributed to Mother Teresa. Whether it was a translation issue (she spoke 6 languages) or just like the old “Telephone” game, the quotes slowly changed over time, it seems the closest accurate quote would be – “God calls me not to be successful, but to be faithful”. That sounds much better! No “requirement” from God.

        I feel the sentiment is that of – don’t let the task in front of you, overwhelm you. In faith, do what you can. You may not succeed. You may fail, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t make a difference, so keep trying! Even if you fail, keep trying.

        Mother Teresa was repeatedly asked how she was able to carry on with the endless task of caring for those dying in abject poverty, with such love and dignity. Her response was always some form of, because of my faith, how could I not?

        It probably isn’t the best quote to illustrate Pastor Brent’s point about not letting fear of failure keep you from trying. It does speak to me when I feel a task in front of me seems overwhelming.

        Hope that gives you a little more context to what I was thinking, Lucy.

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