Generally, we Americans like our stuff. Do you get just a bit jealous when your friend shows off their new iPhone or Galaxy S, while you’re stuck a few models behind? What about the new car you worked and saved for and finally got? Don’t you just love it? Or your new boots you’re so proud to wear around and show off?
Even kids love their “things.” Have you ever tried to take a favorite toy away from a toddler? Or watched as a beloved balloon floats away into outer space, leaving its small, now previous, owner grasp the fact that they are now bound by gravity to be separated forever? No? Then please watch this video here.
But what happens when those things, either your prized possessions (or just regular old possessions for that matter) get broken? Well, there’s probably first a period of mourning or shock, but after that a decision must be made: do you thrown it away, replace it, fix it or keep it?
If you have kids, chances are things get broken in your home fairly often. Hasn’t happened yet, you say? Just wait until they start crawling 😉 My kids (ages 3 and 2) break at least one thing a day, on average. Generally, it’s things like books, toys, clothing or remotes, but it has been known to happen with glass, televisions or other dangerous and often expensive things.
It would be easy to lose your temper, but honestly, what does that solve? After all, adults have been known to accidentally break things too. (some, like myself, are more prone to clumsiness than others) Now, I’m not saying there isn’t a learning opportunity there to teach your children the importance of taking better care of things, but what do you do after it has been broken? Again, a decision must be made to either throw it away, fix it, replace it or keep it like it is.
Spiritually speaking, we are all a bit broken on our own. (Romans 3:23) We all have things we struggle with, areas of our lives that we struggle with. For some, it may be gossip or vanity, for others dishonesty or profanity. There are a number of ways we can fall short of the glory of God and we all come to Him broken. The amazing thing is, He is able to fix us.
“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
But we have to let Him. We have to decide if we want to throw away the sin, fix the problem (repent) and replace it with something better (a right relationship with God) or to keep it in its brokenness. God gives us a choice and some choose not to accept it. Despite how easy it looks on paper (and how obvious it is which option you should choose on paper) it is often not easy.
It’s not easy to admit our wrong. To admit that we are weak. But here’s the silver lining: we have each other to lean on. Nobody’s perfect and we can go to each other for love, understanding and encouragement, and of course, we can find comfort and guidance in God’s word.
So I ask again? What do we do when we realize something is broken spiritually? God can fix us. But we have to be willing to be fixed and to change for the better.