“Come join me outside after breakfast; we’ve got work to do.” As a young teen, I dreaded the weekends. I knew that Saturday meant dad and I were undertaking some big home project. These projects were usually demoing walls, building an addition, repairing some machinery, etc.
As much as I disliked sacrificing my weekends, I learned a lot from my dad over the years. So much so, that when I moved out, I could confidently tackle almost any home project. It’s also one of the reasons my wife was attracted to me (more on this another day).
As an after-hours handyman, I enjoy being able to fix just about anything. Every time there is a repair issue at our house, or family members need home repair help, I’m there. So much so that one year for Father’s Day, my wife and kids gifted me with a mug that reads, “Dad is my name, fixing stuff is my game.”
Lately, however, I’ve felt somewhat defeated. Friends are struggling with their marriages, other friends have significant health issues, challenging family relations and everyday life has become overwhelming. These moments humbly remind me I can’t, nor am I called to “fix” everything.
As men, we sometimes carry an unrealistic burden to “fix” everything. We let our egos override our dependence on God. Scripture, however, tells us differently. The word reminds us there will be times we can’t fix something but instead, need to request help from God.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com