Broken People Created for a Beautiful Purpose

When the world sees busted, He sees beauty.

What the world calls worthless, He calls worthy.

When the world tosses aside, disregards, or throws away,
He calls us by name, regards the lowly, and collects our tears.

For a great part of my life, I tried to hide my brokenness. I was ashamed of all the places that were not porcelain and perfect.

The world bombarded my brain with images of what I was supposed to strive for, pulling me away from the Creator who knew me before He formed the world.

The enemy is sneaky that way.
He will prey upon my so-called weaknesses, my emotions, and my heart.

All that time wasted focusing on what I didn’t have, when I should have been focusing on the gifts God had given me, and the person He was creating me to be.

The truth is that I will never measure up to the standards of this world –
likewise, there were many folks in the Bible who have walked this broken path before me:

Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
Peter denied Christ

The book of Hebrews, chapter 11, reveals followers of Jesus who were far from perfect.
Yet they all have something in common - their faith.

Verse seven says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”

Verse eight says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

Verse 27 says of Moses, “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”

Jesus spoke to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, saying, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Paul then went on to boast about his weaknesses, awaiting Christ’s power to rest on him. The Greek word of order for that verse is simply, "Sufficient for you is the grace of me."

That short, but overwhelming sentence shatters the chatter of this world.

I recently read a book by Ann Voskamp, called, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. She wrote, “When the church isn't for the suffering and broken, then the church isn't for Christ. Because Jesus, with His pierced side, is always on the side of the broken.”

In a broken and sinful world, I must constantly remind myself not to conform to the standards set by a shattered society.

We are His and He has called us by name.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
We are His children, equipped with gifts to be used for His glory.

In the same book, Ann Voskamp also penned, “How can it be? When we're naked and ashamed and alone in our brokenness, Christ envelops us with His intimate grace. When we're rejected and abandoned and feel beyond wanting, Jesus cups our face: "Come close, my Beloved." When we're dirty and tear-stained and despairing, Jesus Christ is attracted to us and proposes undying love: "All that you're carrying I take... and all that I am is yours." How do you ever get over that?”

When walking through a crowd, I often wonder if people wore a nametag based on their brokenness, what would they say?

“Hello, my name is:”

Wounded
Abandoned
Lonely
Lost
Weary
Grief-stricken

I know that my nametag would be filled with declarations of brokenness.
How about yours?

I truly believe that each person we encounter, young or aged, is familiar with feelings of brokenness. If we could read their nametags, I wonder if we would we be more compassionate to sufferings of our neighbors or even to strangers that God places before us.

Recognizing our own broken places and knowing that they do not define who we once were or who we still are, is a big step in releasing the grip that those weaknesses have on us.

I encourage you today to hand over your “nametag” to God in prayer, handing it all over to Him.

He is mighty, He is powerful, and He is always good.
He wants us to be desperately thirsty for Him, so that He may do His work through us.

Father God, You have promised to carry our burdens for us.  Sustain us during the weary and difficult days. We know that You go before us, making a way for us. Give us a great humility to accept this gift, to allow You to work on our behalf, so that we may do the same for others. You are our wonderful, merciful Savior and your mercies are new every morning. Allow us to lean toward You and always be thirsty for your living water to revive us and restore us. In Jesus’ most holy and precious name, we pray. Amen.

4 Responses

  1. Pastor Brian
    Well done Melissa! Thank you for the wonderful reminder that Christ, the Light of the world, often shines most brightly in the darkness: from our own weaknesses or failures in front of others or in the midst of our personal experiences of difficulty. May God be with all those in the darker days and may His Church have eyes to see these people in need, in or outside the Church. Keep up the good work Melissa!
    • Melissa Falde
      Thank you, Pastor Brian! I pray that we will all be intentional to see the needs around us and how God is working to place people in our paths who need to know that they are loved unconditionally by God.
  2. Thank you Melissa. This was a great post. I personally think that for maybe one day we Should wear our brokenness name tags. Maybe then we'd all truly be humbled to one another and see each other through more compassionate eyes. We'd also feel more included in our church. Like we weren't an outcast that no one wants to be friends with (because if they only knew my brokenness they would shun me for sure). It takes a great maturity, strength, and faith to be your real self and actually admit your brokenness. Like one of mine is that i've struggled with an anxiety disorder for over 18 years and sometimes it is so bad I can hardly leave my house. It's not my fault but i'm ashamed of it and wouldn't normally tell anyone. But i guess someone has to start the conversation right.......
    • Melissa Falde
      Candace, Thank you for reading the post and for taking the time to write. I especially thank you for your vulnerability in sharing your 'brokenness'. You are right in saying that admitting our real selves requires laying ourselves down - something God has been working on in me for many years. Our church is in need of the Great Healer, what a testimony to God's goodness if all His broken people were acknowledged and welcomed with open arms of grace, even knowing our broken places - because that's what God does. He wants all of us, every piece - so He can form us into His image. I recently heard a phrase that I can relate to, "From panicked worrier to prayer warrior". This visual helps me release the things that I cannot control through handing it over to God in prayer. I pray it may bless you in some way as well. Keep fighting the good fight.

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