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The necessary journey to brokenness

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So many of us are stuck in ruts in life, places where we’re trapped by past experience, by expectations, by relationships. Parts of our brain and spirit actually atrophy in those places. We need to break free – we need to get out of those places of immobility and limited imagination. Very oft…
By Seth Barnes
kudzu barnSo many of us are stuck in ruts in life, places where we’re trapped by past experience, by expectations, by relationships. Parts of our brain and spirit actually atrophy in those places. We need to break free – we need to get out of those places of immobility and limited imagination. Very often what works best is a change of scenery. Different surroundings, different people, different ideas. If something inside you feels stuck and knows there’s more, maybe what you need to do is to go on a journey.
You may start on the journey to get away. And you may find yourself creating the space where you’re discovering life as it should be lived. If you go for an extended length of time (I suggest a year if you’ve never done much adventuring in your life), you’ll certainly do both. But if you’re willing to trust God enough to allow him to lead you, you’re going to find some unwelcome stops along the way as well.
 
In fact, there’s a place on your journey that I can guarantee you, you’d rather detour around. It’s a place where only cactus grows. It’s the badlands of brokenness. It’s a lonely, desolate place. Life as you’ve lived it doesn’t work there. It’s a place of pain, a place of tearing down, of deconstruction.

We need this journey for a lot of reasons. But perhaps the reason we need it most is that we need to discover brokenness, we need to recognize our own dysfunction and inadequacy. The irony is that, travel as we might, inevitably we find the brokenness within us. Try as we might to hide from them or ignore them, we carry our flaws with us.

Henri Nouwen says it well, “We live with broken bodies, broken hearts, broken minds or broken spirits. We suffer from broken relationships. How can we live our brokenness? Jesus invites us to embrace our brokenness as he embraced the cross and live it as part of our mission. He asks us not to reject our brokenness as a curse from God that reminds us of our sinfulness but to accept it and put it under God’s blessing for our purification and sanctification. Thus our brokenness can become a gateway to new life.”
 
If you’re feeling underwhelmed and bored by the life you’re living, the first thing to do is to wake up to how little is holding you back from a journey to find your true self. The logistics of a journey out into the world are nothing to fret about. You can eat for $5/day and travel doesn’t need to cost much more. Or sign up for the World Race and we’ll help you. Or contact me and I’ll put you in touch with others that are going to attempt a Luke 10 journey.
 
There’s no question, when you get to a place of brokenness, the cost will be high. That said, it’s a place you need to discover iif you’re to become the person God wants you to be.

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