My boyfriend and I like to watch a show called Bar Rescue. On the show, the bar expert, Jon Taffer, goes into failing bars and shows the owner everything that they’re doing wrong.
Most of the time the reason for their failure is glaringly obvious.
Some of these bars have rats and flies. There’s mud and gunk on the floor. The drinks are made wrong and the food is terrible. When my boyfriend and I watch the show, we get a kick out of Jon Taffer screaming at the owner. We laugh and ask, “How could they miss those things? Are they lazy? Stupid?”
And Jon Taffer does yell at the owners. He tells them that they’re going to get people sick or that the owner doesn’t respect his employees. But one thing that he said stopped me short. He said, “I can fix the bar for you, but if I can’t fix you, this bar will still fail.”
I’ve always thought the same when I watched the show, but for some reason it had more meaning to me when I heard it out loud. I applied it to my own life. It was as if God was saying to me, “I can fix these problems in your life, but if I can’t fix you, then you’ll still fail.”
Wham. Talk about a punch in the gut.
I imagine that’s how the bar owners felt when they heard it. It was so obvious–so stupidly obvious–but necessary to hear. God can fix my problems, but if he can’t fix me, then I’ll still fail.
For me, that meant attempting to fix my finances. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been scrimping to get by. There were times when I had more and times when I had less. But there has never been a time when finances weren’t a major concern of mine. In fact, trouble with finances has been the direct cause of stress and bouts of depression for years.
But for all of my praying and stressing, the problem was still there. I felt like I could never quite fix my fiances, no matter how hard I tried. And that simple line in a random TV show, explained everything. I knew after hearing that, that I needed to sacrifice. I needed to stop burying my head in the sand when things got hard and do my best. It’s obvious, I know, but like those bar owners, I was blind to it.
Now that my eyes have been opened, I know that things will get better for me. A huge part of that knowledge is faith. A faith that if I do my part, then when God provides for me, the blessings won’t be wasted. When I’m given extra money, I won’t blow it on mindless things. I’ll be faithful to my word that I’ll try better to fix things.
We all have our own struggles. You may not struggle with finances, but there may be some other issue in your life bringing you down. Let your eyes be opened to what you can do to help yourself. Don’t stand in the way of your blessings. You can be rescued, but you still have to do your part to maintain it.