I fall for this lie all the time. I want to believe I can fix problems so badly.
Here’s the truth.
I usually can’t fix it.
The situations I can fix are extremely rare. Not only that, most of the things I want to fix are frankly none of my business.
Instead of trying to fix it. I need to be fixing my eyes on Jesus and my purpose — the race set before me and the prize I am racing towards.
Wanting to fix situations limits my ability to listen to others. Instead of really listening to what I’m hearing, I’m thinking ahead to problem-solving solutions. Listening is usually the kindest thing you can do for a friend, so I should focus completely on just listening.
Thinking I can fix things puts myself on a different level than the person with the problem. Instead of being peers, I put myself as a fixer who is higher than the one with the problem.
When I think I am supposed to fix situations, and it turns out reality dictates I can’t, I have unnecessary shame. If I think I should be fixing it, and I can’t, it can make me want to avoid a situation or the friend with the unsolvable problem.
In short, trying to fix it often pushes me farther away from others instead of bringing us closer together.
Fix it, Jesus.