Right now, you may be battered and bruised, downcast and discouraged, pained, lonely, and hurting. But you matter! Your life counts! Not only do you matter, your brokenness sets you apart as being more likely to be used to impact other lives because of the tenderness and hope that flows from your broken vessel.
That’s right. More likely! God is not looking for perfect, unblemished things to use. He is looking for the imperfect who are available. The wounded who will not succumb to their weariness. The broken who have not given up the fight. In short, He is looking for—you!
I am living such a story—and perhaps you are too! A story that involves frustration and pain. A story of failure, hurt, and disappointment. A story of brokenness. But my story is not just my story, it is your story, too. For brokenness is part of the human story.
The details of our stories may be different, filled with different names, dates, places, and events, but the brokenness that emerges out of our seasons of anguish is one that is common to all of us, for we have all been broken. Timothy Keller reminds us: “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe . . . we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”[i]
I have failed when I should have stood in victory. I have walked in victory only to be falsely accused. I have missed the mark when I knew better. I have found great grace when less was deserved. I have given my best and yet been found lacking. As Wide World of Sports used to say, I have known “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Haven’t you? And what of the simultaneous mix of certainty, confusion, blessing, pain, joy, heartache, and a hundred more?
My mother taught me a long time ago that God always uses broken things. I hope you are broken. In the very best sense! I hope you will allow the Lord to mold you and break you and refine you because if you don’t remain pliable and soft and tender in His hands, then when He endeavors to mold you and form you, it hurts a lot more. And much more force is needed and exerted on something that is not pliable. But if you are like softened clay, then it is very easy for Him to work. If you are hardened, then the force that is exerted is so more consequential in its scope.
So why this book? What purpose might it serve?
Because you too, have a story to tell, a testimony to share. The enemy of your soul wants to keep you bound with thoughts of insignificance because what you share with those around you may just be the very thing they need to bring them hope and change their world.
Jesus instructed: “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). There it is. Brokenness. The starting place in every person’s experience with God!
My strong desire is that the purpose of your pain and the healing of your heart will lead you into deeper waters of God’s grace than you have ever known before and that multitudes of people will be helped on their journey because of your brokenness.
Here’s to believing that the simple power of your broken life will gloriously transform both you and all the lives God wants to touch through you!
[i] Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (New York: Dutton, 2011), 48.
The Simple Power of a Broken Life serves to bring meaning to and ultimately healing from the suffering and pain that accompanies the broken seasons of our lives. Drawing upon the brokenness of seven individuals from the scriptures and their respective pain, a picture of hope and usefulness emerges that serves to begin to make sense of the mysteries, betrayals, rejections, heartaches, and disappointments that we all eventually come into contact with in one form or another.
This book asserts that not only do we each matter to God, our brokenness actually sets us apart as being more likely to be used to impact other lives. Being fully convinced that God uses broken things we find that our brokenness is the starting point in a deeper, more intimate experience with God. Broken lives may experience a beautiful and simple power in the midst of their pain and suffering that the Father can use as a rich blessing for other wounded souls.