Today’s Challenges

Russ Lawson

March 17, 2014

Many of us are broken at one time or another. We are sometimes broken in spirit, sometimes broken in body, sometimes broken in relationships and sometimes broken by the death of a loved one or even the loss of a job. We often struggle to find a reason for this happening, but we just as often struggle for a reason to go on, to have some purpose in our lives. We want to cry out, “What’s the use?” “Why should I even try.” “No one cares, no one sees me.”

It may be that you are hurting, lonely, feeling dejected, useless or abandoned… broken. I understand how hard that is to deal with in your life right not, but remember that God always has a use for you, always has love for you, even when you feel unlovable and unloved.

I recently found a quote from “Heart Held High,” that reminds us of some amazing things about God. The author wrote, “We are now his broken things. But remember how he used broken things. The broken pitcher of Gideon’s little army. The broken roof, through which the crippled man was lowered, and the broken alabaster box, which shed its fragrance over the broken body of our Savior.”

Have you been broken? Maybe that is not the “end of life as you know it”. Maybe God does have more for you to do and be for him.

Don’t get caught up in holding on to things so dearly here on this earth, that the loss of them breaks you beyond use or recovery. The apostle Paul had the right idea about holding onto things. He shared his philosophy regarding t his in Philippians 3:7-11.

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” (NLT)

What are you holding on to? What gives you the ability to stand strong when your world crumbles around you? Paul also wrote these words in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, “With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.”

You see the key is to “stand firm and keep a strong grip on” God’s word. You may be broken now or may be yet in the future, but remember to let go of the world and stand firm in the Word of God. Because even broken things can be used by Him.

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at rlawson@wclo.net. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.