What To Do With Broken Things?

rocking chair on porchWith all the DIY shows nowadays, I wonder, what to do broken things?

How do you handle the broken things in your life which require repair? Do you throw them away? Put them in the closet, garage, basement, attic and forget about them? Fix them?

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 me a small antique reed-bottom rocker. I love love love that chair. After a while though, some of the reeds worked themselves loose. The chair needed to be repaired. The restoration job was done by a professional.

I also have one of my grandfather’s old cane-bottom rockers. The bottom is worn out, and the rocker slats are flat after the many years it sat on my grandparent’s front porch. That rocker is in our garage where it has hung for years.

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, 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?

Because God created us, he already knows all about our faults, broken places, and shattered dreams. He wants us to bring all our broken pieces to him. In his hands, God can do the necessary repairs. He’s the restoration professional.

God won’t throw us out. He won’t put us in the basement or attic and forget about us. He will restore us and make us much better than we ever thought possible.

What do you do with the broken things in your life? Hang onto them, hoping to repair them someday, throw them away, or set to work restoring what was broken?

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Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. Lamentations 3:21-23 (TLB)

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10 thoughts on “What To Do With Broken Things?

  1. Great post! I love refinishing old furniture and seeing something that could be trash look new again. It’s a lot of work, but often less work than fixing the broken places in my life. Though both are always worth the effort in the end.


  2. Great post…and yep, I still have some things that need fixing that have moved with us. Probably should take second look to decide if worth holding on to.


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