Remember, Self, that just because you see a flaw in someone doesn’t mean you have the right or the calling to fix that person. Just because you can recognize what they cannot, just because you can see a path to freedom, just because you can create a plan and institute it doesn’t mean you are meant to fix that person. Because the truth is – as annoying a truth as it may be – you’re not called to fix people.
No matter how wise or insightful or capable you may be, you are called to a higher purpose than fixing the folks around you. You are called to a greater ministry and a fuller life. Renovating others isn’t your job, Self, because you are not God, and even God isn’t in the renovating business. He is in the made new business. He isn’t taking the old walls of a person’s heart and slapping on a fresh coat of paint. He demolished those walls entirely and raised up a brand new, incorruptible sanctuary for Himself. All these Brothers and Sisters of yours that you keep trying to fix? They’ve already been made new. They just keep forgetting to live like it. And so do you.
You can’t fix anyone, Self, so you may as well stop this silly game of yours that in all truth is your way of claiming a godhood that isn’t yours in the first place. Your godhood game is actually no game at all, Self; it is sin, and it is sin that wounds deeply and profoundly. Lay it down. Make your determined purpose this: live out the calling you do have. Love well. Speak words that help folks remember what they’ve disremembered. Choose compassion. Get low. Give the benefit of grace. Be grateful. Seek Him first.
…you have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator.
-Colossians 3:9b-10, HCSB