Broken or Beautiful?

by Kelly Thurley

Only God can make you whole

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Is something missing in your life? Sometimes it seems that no matter how busy we are or how full our lives, we can feel something is missing. In this dangerous world full of people practicing self-reliance, is God involved in your everyday decision-making?
Many of us can relate to feeling broken – The Urban Dictionary defines damaged goods as items that were expected to be in good (if not brand new) condition, but were discovered eventually that they weren’t. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary describes it as products that are broken, cracked, scratched, etc. or a person who is considered to be no longer valuable or desirable.

How often do you feel damaged?
Our lives are composed of many moments, perceived emotions and powerful memories. These memories can be hurtful, wonderful or tragic. Without the skills to negotiate our perceived emotions, we become selfish, unfulfilled and empty. Without God in our lives and Christ as our example, there is a hole that nothing else can fill. We go it alone and do not look at the sources of our thoughts before making life-altering decisions. These decisions ultimately lead us on a path of self-destruction.
This self-destructive path hurts everyone involved. In this throwaway society, we get rid of everything that doesn’t please or stimulate us, including those that we care about.
I have lived in these moments, unsure of my future and allowing the emotions that I felt to be all-encompassing. I didn’t realize that my willful attitude of going it alone was damaging my life and relationships. There was a hole in my heart that needed filling and could only be filled by the love of my Father. I was broken.  Jeremiah 17:9 reads, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
 Your Father has a plan
God has a plan for all of us. God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, is perfecting us at this very moment. You are being perfected today for a wonderful tomorrow. God allows powerful, even hurtful situations in our lives for change for the good. Our hearts otherwise can be set on selfish desires.

We are broken, but we are also told the God removes our sins from us as far as east is from west. We, carnally, always take a negative view of things, but God is always positive. He sees the good in us that comes from the Holy Spirit in us. Our problem is that we remember when we fall down, but God doesn’t once we have asked for His wonderful forgiveness that pours forth from His Mercy Seat.

Christ came to show us the true definition of love. Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (New International Version). This describes Christ’s relationship to us.
Our Father has shown us through His own love and the sacrifice of His only Son exactly what He is producing in us. Christ endured pain and suffering unto death so that we might live.

God loves you so much that He is willing to let you endure difficulties too. He allows the opportunity for kindness, love and empathy to develop within us so that we may grow. James 1:4 reads, “…for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (New Living Translation).
What is broken becomes beautiful 

God knows we are broken. But we need to see the damage as an opportunity for God to transform our hearts with His tender mercy into something very beautiful. Take comfort in 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (NIV). To my Father I am of infinite value. So are you. Every single life is of great worth in His eyes and He is offering us His glorious Kingdom—our inheritance.
God is refining us. He is healing our broken hearts and doing a great work. We, on our own, are unqualified to be called by God. We are unqualified to be a part of His Kingdom or His family. So simply…. He qualifies us through His Son!
We need to live 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (NASB).
So let us remember as we go about our daily lives that we are all broken people in a damaged world. Yet God is making us whole, perfecting us and molding us through His power and grace. Each of us is damaged, broken and beautiful to our Father because God does not call the happy, the powerful, the prideful. As it says in 1 Corinthians 1:27, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (NKJV).
Let God make you whole.


About Lorelei Nettles

Lorelei was born in Minnesota. She met and married husband Robert in 1982. They have one son, Roger and now live in Arizona. She has always enjoyed writing and has written for online blogs, as a ghostwriter, and for her church for many years.
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