The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/14/2011

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If Its Broke...Fix It


"If It ain't broke, don't fix it."

Old Southern Idiom....

I tried to find who originated this old idiom but could not. In 1977, Bert Lance, a member of President Carter's cabinet said that billions of dollars could be saved by government if it adhered to the motto, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." He said: "That's the trouble with government: Fixing things that aren't broken and not fixing things that are." Perhaps a bit over simplified, but probably true, not only in government but in our lives. Many things get broken in our lives, and I'm not talking about grandma's vase..."Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Psa. 51: 10). King David, because of his sins, had a broken heart and he knew just where to come for repairs. God is not looking for something bedazzling and brilliant....He's looking for what we have that is broken so that he can fix it. David goes on in verse 17; "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart" (V 17). I believe that God is more pleased with a humble and contrite heart when we humbly bring our sins to Him. He does not absolve us of what consequences that may ensue, but gives us the strength to face them. He looks for us to take responsibility for our wrongdoings but can ease our pain with the soothing balm of forgiveness...With our broken heart fixed, we can move on and express our unbridled joy in worship..."Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song" (Psa. 28: 6-7). This can be our life when we allow the Lord to fix what's broke....Please indulge my fractured syntax....

Have a great start to your week....Begin it with a RAK (or two) Love mark Phil. 4:11

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