If it’s not broke why fix it?
This statement has been resonating throughout history. However, I believe that almost everything can be improved. So why fix it if it is not broken? Well for one, it may work even better if it’s fixed or improved in some way. So there! I don’t think you should fix only that which is broken! In fact, sometimes it is our mistaken impression that something is not broken when in fact it is!
Many a relationship or situation might have lasted the course had steps been taken throughout to ‘fix’ minor irks.
Yeah I know sometimes some things might seem okay and you must give thanks for the problems you don’t have but I believe if they can be even better, they should be fixed. Admittedly some of us wait until things are too bad before we try to do anything about it. To think that we sometimes err in this way is bad enough. Stopping to take stock and taking steps to improve things is a step in the right direction.
So can you think of things in your own personal circumstance that needs fixing? Note them down and beside each, also put a plan that you can put in place to fix things. Can you now think of things that aren’t really broken but which could also do with improving? Note these down too and say what your plan is to improve on things. That’s it. Stop. Take stock. Put things in place. Fix or improve things.
Let’s now think about circumstances outside your own personal sphere. What do you wish you could fix? The situation in Syria? Beggars on the streets? The amount charged for tax? Parking charges? Cruelty to children and animals? The general injustices in the world? What? I know what I would like to fix if I had the power. I’d like to fix our broken world. Fix it in such a way that there is no suffering, no tears, no disappointments, no debt nor death. Just all round peace, love and unity. Wouldn’t that be just great?
Now what things do you think are perfect and neither in need of fixing nor improving? Think hard. Anything? Yes? No? Would you make it so the sun wasn’t so hot? Or would you make it so there was no more suffering? Would you make everyone rich and just banish poverty? Me too. Unfortunately, we can’t. Try as we might, we can’t!
I know I can’t fix things but I know of One who can. You see when this world was made it was absolutely perfect. Everything you can think of was absolutely perfect. That is, until sin came into our world. Since then, everything has changed, for the worse. Nothing has remained the same.
When creation was complete, God looked at all He had created and pronounced it very good – Genesis 1. Now He must be very sad to look at what this world has become. But you know what, He always keeps His promises and He has promised that he will recreate this world and fix all of its problems! – Isaiah 65 verse 17. I can’t wait!
We can do our part by ensuring we are ever trying to fix things, to make things better and more bearable for humankind but in the end, it will take the One who has created this world to recreate it! He alone can fix it. So to answer our initial question ‘if it is not broken why fix it?’ I am sure that you will agree with me that our world is broken. Yes, our world is broken but God will fix it. All the problems in our world will continue but look up. Your redemption draws nigh.