“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
C. S. Lewis
When we focus on the one —
The one thing that we struggle with most. The one thing that we like the least about ourselves. The one thing that we want and can’t have. The one thing that we’ve tried and just can’t master. The one person that dislikes us (regardless of how many others love us).
When we focus on the one it’s because we’ve taken our eyes off of The One.
The One who is our strength when we are weak. The One who loves us just as we are. The One who is more than enough. The One who we can do all things through. The One who loves us completely and unconditionally and forever.
But it can be easy to lose sight of Him when we focus solely on the brokenness of the world around us.
I recently began leading the bible study Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson and reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. And I’m realizing more and more that I’m drawn to the broken because I’ve been so very broken myself. But my deepest desire is to lead others to The One who can heal them.
You see, when we focus less on our own brokenness and focus instead on others we find our purpose and beauty in the broken. I’m so thankful that with God nothing is wasted but instead can be used to lead others to the only One who can hold the shattered pieces of their hearts and mend them back together.
November is a perfect time to turn our focus to everything there is to be thankful for — after all — Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
Although sometimes being thankful can be a challenge and to see God in everything, unimaginable. Our struggles and our suffering — a shattered dream, a wounded heart — those deeply broken places.
Well, He is there too. The thankfulness comes when we realize that we’re not alone in our suffering — His heart breaking with every broken piece of ours.
He is the Creator of our hearts, the Healer of our wounds, the Collector of our tears, and the Restorer of our souls. He alone can take what was broken and make it into something beautiful. All it takes is one look at Jesus — His body broken for us — to know that’s true.
“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”
― Vance Havner
― Vance Havner
I'm thankful for the broken way that has led me to Jesus. Click To Tweet I’m thankful that the breaking of my heart is an opportunity to show Him as Healer. I’m thankful that the words of my testimony are a light leading others out of the darkness of their own brokenness to the Light of the World.
I’m thankful that seeing the beauty in the broken helps me to focus on The One who was and is and is to come.
Our God-sized Dreams are nothing apart from Him. When we are willing to lay them down at His altar, willing to sacrifice our own wants and desires, it is then that He accepts our gifts and offers us His.
What about you friends, are you broken? Are you finding it hard to find something to be thankful for and struggling to see God in everything?
Give Him your brokenness as an offering — laying it down, giving thanks and having faith that your sacrifice will reveal His beauty in your broken.