Wouldn’t life be easier if we could just fix it? What if we could push a button and bring immediate change? When I watch people dear to me whose lives could be helped with more faith or Christian maturity, I wish I could insert them into a machine which would spit them out all cleaned up, somewhat like a washer. It might have numerous cycle choices, depending upon what needs to change—things such as a bad attitude, foolish decision-making, selfishness, laziness, unforgiveness, and leaving God out of life decisions.
Since God hasn’t given us such a machine and doesn’t choose to zap people into maturity himself, how are we supposed to help those whom we love find wisdom and spiritual growth?