Thursday, August 04, 2016
I Was Never Broken
For a long time I have referred to some of the struggles in my life as ‘brokenness’. I don’t say this anymore. I am not broken. The bible says we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14). Do this mean we won’t struggle? No. We will struggle. What we do to cope with this struggle can be labeled as brokenness.
So I have been learning to reframe brokenness as ways of getting along that I perhaps no longer need. Either I have new tools, or the assumptions about what I need are no longer valid. My so-called brokenness is not brokenness at all. It is strength. It got me through a difficult time when I had no other tools available to me. My previous self wasn’t broken. She was courageous and strong.
If you stop looking at yourself from a framework of brokenness, it gives you power. You suddenly realize that, with God beside you, you can handle way more than you think. By not starting from a place of deficiency, you fight for yourself and what you know will work for you.
So I invite you to retell your narrative with me. You are strong. God loves you and has always believed in you. I believe in you too.