A Reboot – Not a Band Aid

As human beings we often feel all we really need from God is a little help.  Help with our health.  Help with our job.  Help with our finances.  Help will our family.  In other words, just a band aid will do.  We will take care of the rest.  After all, who really wants to ‘change’ their life?  No, just a band aid would work fine.

In our modern times we deal with lots of electronics.  TV’s, computers, tablets, phones, gadgets, the list gets long.  Many of these devices run continuously, and do a decent job.  But, once in awhile, they require a reboot.  A complete shutdown and restart.  We generally do this as a last resort, as it can be a hassle.  But, nothing else will work.  We’ve tried all the band aids, looked on Google, looked on YouTube, and, no, nothing helps.  A reboot clears memory and starts fresh, and we can continue moving forward with, perhaps, a little less clutter.

In our own lives maybe this applies, too.  We think we only need a band aid, but God thinks a reboot would be the only thing to fix our problems.  Not a reboot to continue in the same direction, but a reboot with a new perspective, a new outlook, maybe with a new direction and motivation.

Of course, this is not something we can ‘think’, ‘wish’, or use will-power to accomplish.  It simply doesn’t work that way.  This is not a self-help or self-improvement program.  This is a ‘reboot’ that comes from God, Himself.

In Luke 7 we are told of the story of Jesus raising to life again a young man, the only son of a widow woman.  We are not told what caused the young man to die, however.  Could have been an accident.  Or, could have been a disease.  Maybe a weak heart.  But, then again, it could have been related to his own behavior and actions.  Maybe he was part of a gang.  Maybe he was killed stealing something.  Maybe he drank himself to death.  Maybe he fell into the wrong crowd and was killed in a vendetta.  I’ve been thinking about this.  Is it possible that when Jesus raised him back to life, it was his chance for a ‘reboot’?  To do things differently.  To think and act differently.  To start life new, with new chances, new opportunities, new direction?  Not a band aid, but a complete reboot.  A chance to do things better.

Now let’s be clear.  A life reboot doesn’t mean all your situations and problems disappear.  It has more to do with your attitude, outlook, and approach to these things than it does about those things changing or disappearing.  You change.

How does this come about?  Well, as I said, it is not something you can do on your own.  This is definitely in God’s realm.  Through prayer, and reading His Word, He can help you with the ‘reboot’ you need.  But, you have to be willing.  It’s not a patch, not a band aid, not a ‘I just need a little help, God’ type of thing.  You have to be willing to think and do things differently.  You have to be willing to let God take control.

Years ago there was a book (if I remember correctly), titled “God is My Co-Pilot”.  Well, sorry, it may have been a good book, but that is not how it is supposed to work.  God IS the pilot, and if you are lucky you get to be the co-pilot, or trainee.

Well, where are you?  Do you need another band aid, or is it time for a reboot?

One Response to “A Reboot – Not a Band Aid”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    What a great blog! Something to really think about. Lately I have had to have a lot of reboots! 🙂 Yep, in that “reboot” come His peace! Thank you for such an uplifting blog. Blessings…

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