People hide broken. Mostly out of fear. If it were okay to be broken, more people would be showing who they are.
We live in an air-brushed world. And those who let their flaws be seen sometimes regret it. Oh sure, there may be moments when it’s okay. But then there’s that one comment, that one raised eyebrow. You know the one I mean. The one that gets you back in place, pronto.
God made individuals
But we live in world that keeps trying to force us into its mould. We’re told God so loved the world. But Jesus died for individuals.
And when God conforms us to the image of Christ, we’ll still be individuals.
I avoided mistakes
I used to live scared to death of making a mistake. The negative comments I heard growing up still echo in the storage room of my mind.
“Stupid idiot,” Dad would call us from time to time. Maybe our young hands didn’t hold the nail steady. Maybe we flinched when he cut our hair too close to our scalp.
When you’re a kid, you absorb the negative comments like a sponge. Then you wring it out through-out your life. Your filtering process is not in place. And if you come from a dysfunctional background, you need help developing your filtering system.
And later in life, when you realize maybe you aren’t stupid after all, it’s too late. Any positive comments you’re given echo as they hit your rock-bottom well.
But let me share what’s good about being broken
Broken people are everywhere
This world is full of broken people. People just like you and me, who sometimes feel they don’t fit in. People who feel less than. Real people.
God died for broken people. His specialty is mending brokenness. And I don’t mean the temporary mending where the threads slip out easily.
Maybe it’s because Jesus pointed out that the well don’t recognize they need help. Bro-ken people discard their masks which kept slipping off anyway.
Broken people care
God does this wonderful thing when we accept Jesus. He places his Holy Spirit inside us to guide and remind us of the truth.
And when God brings trials into our lives designed to teach us about himself. The Holy Spirit comforts us.
But this is comfort meant to be shared, not hoarded. So when I hurt, God comforts me, and I pass it on. The most sensitive caring people I’ve met have been those who were comforted by God, the broken ones
God uses the broken
As a new pre-school Sunday School teacher, I bubbled up, teaching them the story of Jesus feeding of the five thousand. And when I read John 6:12, to them, Jesus told them what to do with the leftovers. And God whispered to me, “See, I don’t waste anything.”
That one statement lodged in my brain and has been a constant reminder when I go through trials. God can use every our battle scars and every little crack we’ve sustained. He can use them all. In fact, when God shines through our broken parts, people see Him more clearly.
Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker and published author. Some of her books include her memoir, Broken: A Story of Abuse and Survival, Real Love: Guaranteed to Last, and children’s books, including: Emma’s Wish, The Crooked House. She recently published Droplets, a poetry book for those in grief. Anne has also authored 42 published Bible Studies and over 30 articles with christianbiblestudies.com/Today’s Christian Woman. Anne is also a regular contributor to www.crosswalk.com. Her poetry is available in gift stores throughout the U.S. as well as in 23 countries. While Anne enjoys being a poet, speaker and published author, her favorite title is still, “Grandma.”
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