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  • Michael Harmon: Rebuilding one's life

  • Our world is filled with quick fixes.
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  • Our world is filled with quick fixes. We can get fast food and have it our way; the ATM machines will give us some fast cash for the day; the local car dealer will sell us a fast car.
    But where is the quick fix in the rebuilding of one’s life, when life has dealt you a lemon?
    The answer is that there is no quick fix.
    The life of Job serves as an example for all to learn from. In one day Job lost his health, wealth, children, servants, livelihood, and through it all his wife said, “...Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9).
    Yet, the life of Job teaches how to rebuild our lives when we are broken.
    First, the rebuilding of one’s life takes time. After all that Job endured, his life was restored in twofold in everything he lost. Job’s patience teaches us that there are no quick fixes when dealing with life’s problems.
    Second, the rebuilding of one’s life is a time to acknowledge truth from error. In Job’s life he lost his children, yet he did not blame God; “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (Job 1:33).
    The truth is Satan is perpetrator when it comes to death, disease, and infirmities - not God. When there is a loss of a loved one, many times God is blamed, when in truth it is the work of Satan!
    Finally, the rebuilding of one’s life should cause us to re-think our priorities. If what we did in the past did not work then we need to re-think, re-do, re-focus on the things that will work in the rebuilding process.
    Remember in the rebuilding process there are no quick fixes.
     
     
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com
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