What To Do With Broken Things?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

What do you do with something that is broken?

Do you throw it away?

Put it in the closet, garage, basement, attic and forget about it?

Fix it?

I’ve done all of the above.

Some of the broken things were able to be repaired. Some weren’t. Some are still waiting.

Before Pie was born, a family friend gave us a small antique reed-bottom rocker.

I love love love that chair.

After a while some of the reeds worked themselves loose and needed to be replaced. A professional did the job for us.

I’ve had one of my grandfather’s old cane-bottom rockers in our garage for years. It needs re-caned and refinished.

Like I said, some things get repaired. Some are still waiting.

But what about the brokenness of our lives? What do we do with that?

Do we stuff our hurts deep down inside and act like nothing’s wrong?

Do we live with the brokenness and allow it to define us and make us feel unworthy?

Do we rewind the tapes of our failures over and over and over until we believe no one would like us if they really knew what we’d done?

And what about Jesus? What do we do with our broken pieces when it comes to him?

Because he created us, he already knows all about our faults, broken places, shattered dreams. And he wants us to bring them to him so he can do the necessary repairs.

Jesus won’t throw us out. He won’t put us in the basement and forget about us. He will restore us and make us mo’ better. You can count on it.

What about you? What do you do with the broken things in your life?

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Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right. God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26 (NCV)

I wish you well.


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