July 25, 2011

Open Letter to Everyone

Dearest Everyone,

At some point, I made it my chief goal in life to fix you. I've always been good at recognizing just what needs to be fixed in someone else's life (like yours). Family, friend, acquaintance, fellow blogger, the person who slaps their kid in Wal-Mart, the cashier who is rude (and seems to be on something), the person who doesn't believe in Jesus, the ungrateful, disrespectful student, the lady who wears her skirt too short, the obese person who is alone and eating a super sized combo in the food court, the person who has hurt me so deeply that the wound will not heal. All of you and more--I want to fix you. There is something wrong with you and I want to be the one who has the answer you need to be fixed. I will talk and type and think for hours...about what needs to be done to get you fixed. I will suggest, I will prod, I will remind, I will shake my head in disgust. Why can't I fix you?

Why can't I make you the way I think you should be? Why won't you listen to me? Why won't you do the right thing? Why won't you at least try to change? Why won't you make an effort? Why won't you grow up? Why won't you just get over it? Why won't you admit that you are wrong? Why won't you just get fixed so that I won't have to be bothered by your problems, imperfections and weaknesses? Why won't you get fixed so I can feel good about fixing you?

I am so tired of this. My chief purpose in life, to fix people, is hopeless. I give up. I quit focusing on everyone else and their issues and faults but what I am left with are my own. Oh yeah. I need to be fixed, too. I am broken just like everyone else in the world and I need to be fixed. It makes sense now. If I need to be fixed I can't possibly fix anyone else. That's the problem. I must fix myself so I can get to the hard work of fixing everyone else. Yeah! I need to work hard to get fixed. I need to get fixed fast because there are so many people who need me to fix them.

Mission: Fix self. There is something wrong with me and I want to be the one who has the answer I need to be fixed. I talk and type and think for hours...about what needs to be done to get me fixed. I suggest, I prod, I remind, but in the end I shake my head in disgust. Why can't I fix me?

What is wrong with me? Why can a dang french fry bring me to the brink of insanity? Why do I yell at my kids for laughing and running joyfully around the house? Why do I sit and think about something that needs to be done for 3 times as long as it would have taken me to just do it? Why have I hurt people so badly that their wounds are still gaping? Why do I still think that somehow physical beauty is going to help me? Why do I fall into the same destructive patterns over and over and over again? Why do see the worst things in others? Why do I see the worst things in myself? Why do I try and try and try but nothing changes?  What is wrong with me? Why can't I just get fixed so that I won't have to be bothered by my problems, imperfections and weaknesses? Why can't I just get fixed so I can feel good about fixing myself? Why can't I fix myself so I can get on with my life?

I need to be fixed. But I can't fix me. You need to be fixed but I can't fix you either. Ever. I think I get that and now...I must learn to stop trying. I need to truly grasp that "being fixed" is not a prerequisite to living.

I believe there is a prerequisite for living, though. It's Love. I will choose to love and receive love. No judgement, no analysis, no expectations. Just love. I will love myself and others because I know that He loved us first, even though He knew we would need to be fixed.

Love is what binds us together and we need to be bound. We need one another. Loving one another is the closest to fixed we will ever be here on earth. 

1 Corinthians 13

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

We will be fixed one day, when we see him, the Ultimate Fixer, face to face. This is our hope, this is our faith. I'm so sorry I tried to fix you when I could have been loving you. Because loving is the most important thing--the only thing--that will matter for eternity.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

So sincerely it hurts,


SkinnyGirlSetFree said...

Love this...and you, girl. You always make me think.

Have a fabulous day!

Stephanie said...

You totally are in my head saying the things I think. I love your blog.

Deb said...

I believe you read my mind. Thanks so much for sharing, my blogging friend!!

Jan said...

What a great letter to yourself (something that rings true to me too, something I will definitely be reading more than once). And you're right, we will be fixed one day. I don't think we were ever meant to be perfect here on Earth (why we strive for it is beyond me). Some day we will be made perfect in Him for all eternity. :)

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on this one!!! Been there, and thought, if only :o/
have an awesome day!

Elizabeth said...

Love this! Thanks for the food for thought!

Kristin Hope said...

There is something a little bit deeper that all of us tend to forget at times, isn't there? *hugs* Thanks for always being so honest.

Kate said...

We don't get to judge. God does all that, because He has the ultimate bleeding heart. We don't get to say who gets to go to the party in heaven. And it is our failure to believe that everyone is worthy of the party that keeps us from accepting grace.

Deb Willbefree said...

Co-dependence dies hard, but when it does, real love is left behind.


teri-free2bme said...

WOW! so true... I so much relate to the ms. fix-it syndrom! Thanks for the reminder that LOVE is the fix... God is LOVE!

Karla said...

Wow thank you :)

Maria said...

I can so relate to this sister....wow. Thanks for being real, for reals. =) ~Maria

lauraS. said...

Good one Keelie!! Boy did I need to hear this message!!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Well you certainly touched me today. The 1 Corinthians 13 was directed at me. I had a fight with my adult daughter last week and I have been marinating in self rightousness and I think so has she. Love is not proud and I will make amends to her today.
We do listen out here. Your words and efforts are helping others.

Kimberlynn said...

So true!!! I'm having to learn this lesson myself, but it's hard, isn't it? From one fixer to another, just know that I understand.

I also wanted you to know how much it's meant to me that you've been praying for me. I know I've been quiet lately, mostly due to busy-ness. But really, I can't thank you enough! You're the best and I love you sister!!!

Christine said...

I laid this one down a few years ago..the whole trying to fix everything and everyone and make everything perfect. As If I had woken up one day as God. Letting That go was very freeing. Congratulations. Jesus CAN work on us while we are here. Yeah us, and yeah God! lol

Anonymous said...

You really have no idea how badly I needed to read this, TODAY, and I did. I just googled "i'm so tired, i'm on the brink of insanity". Why am I so tired? from trying to do all the fixing you mention. You are awesome. God Bless You.