Broken and repaired

“To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do—to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst—is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed.” ---- Frederick Buechner
How are you at accepting help? I am not too good. I can remember in elementary school through college if something was too difficult I would struggle, and struggle until I figured out a way to “get it done and over with.” Not always the best approach. Yet, I apply this to my life in many areas and under many circumstances.
The unfortunate thing about this is, that I am robbing someone else of a blessing. I know the question pops up, “how can someone be blessed bt my problems?”
The answer is, that others can be blessed by us asking them for help. Think about it, if your car breaks down, you do not just sit and lament about what might be wrong. No. You take the car to the mechanic so that he can diagnose what is wrong. When you need advice for buying something new, you check around and find a consumer report, or ask friends who have the same item for their opinion.
So why in the world are we so content with hiding our struggles. I am not saying that you need to come forward, and spill your guts in front of the auditorium each and every time you struggle; but, you should share with someone. Another brother or sister that would be willing to help.
We also need to be open to being the other brother and sister willing to help. We need to be willing to get involved in messy things for the sake of our brother and sister. Sharing like this is what builds the body. It is like exercise for us, and we need to seek out ways to serve one another. If we do not practice this we become shiny plastic people under shiny plastic steeples. We risk becoming posers, or as Shakespeare wrote, “all merely players” just awaiting the proper time to deliver our lines.
Now this is not going to be an easy thing for any of us to do. First we have to let our guards down and be vulnerable, both in sharing our lives with someone, and being shared with. The reward is a body of rescuers, real live Christians, not simply “religious people.” People who truly live what we believe, and enable others to witness the lives we live, and be an active participant themselves.
I pray that we would all examine ourselves with fresh eyes, and be assured that we are not simply “playing church.” Instead, living passionately for the freedom from sin and death that we hold, rejoicing that we alone are simply broken and bruised. However the blood of Christ has made us whole and holy. That is what we have to share with others, that is what this world needs.
Are we ready to give that?
----Johnny

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