“Oh God, I give it all to you. I give you my hands, my eyes, my feet, my mind… Come and use me for your credit… Come and break me…”
What do you do with your brokenness?
of great price in the couch cushions but then finding it again, and
again, and again? Those are the stumbling steps to becoming Real, the
only script that’s really worth following in this world.”
I once talked with a friend of mine who had been through a year long Christian leadership intensive. At the end I asked him what stuck out most during his time there. His answer, “Brokenness, when you are broken God can do anything.” That really hit me. Here was a hot-shot popular guy who also had a gifting in leading worship and the biggest thing he learned was brokenness?! I pray God will let me see my brokenness as a means to let me be used by him.
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Thanks for posting this seth!
Yes, yes, and YES! Thank you, Seth. I recently read these lines penned from Rainer Maria Rilke, and I think they apply:
(Ich bete wider, du Erlaughter)
It’s here in all the pieces of my shame
that now I find myself again.
I yearn to belong to something, to be contained
in an all-embracing mind that sees me
as a single thing.
I yeard to be held
in the great hands of your heart–
oh let me take them now.
Into them I place these fragments, my life,
and you, God–spend them however you want.
(Wer seines Lebens viele Widersinne)
She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
of her life, and weaves them gratefully
into a single cloth–
it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration
where the one guest is you.
In the softness of the evening
it’s you she receives.
You are the partner of her loneliness
the unspeaking center of her monologues.
With each disclosure you encompass more
and she stretches beyond what limits her,
to hold you.
That’s a beautiful quote, Chelsea. Thank you.
Thank you again, Seth…so timely…and I love Rilke, thanks Chelsea, for posting that. It was a very difficult weak for me…but I think God truly wants me broken and not just cracked…Again, I release to you, oh Lord, and now off to order Brennan Manning’s book. I remember meeting him and thanking him for his transparency and how deeply it touched me.