We’re All Broken

One of my college pastors used to say we that we should treat everyone we meet as if they have a broken heart because they probably do. That statement has hit home lately as I have encountered lots of brokenness in the lives of those around me. This brokenness includes grief over the death of a parent, a young mom suffering with cancer, parents with a teenager in crisis, friends whose adoption process was short-circuited, a marriage in jeopardy, abuse, addiction, even suicide. And I think I’ve forgotten some.

Here’s the truth: It hurts.

Another truth: Brokenness is a common denominator. Some of these friends that I am thinking of are very far from God while others are some of the most mature Christ-followers I know. Brokenness touches everyone regardless of faith, class, race or tax bracket. And, do you want me to be honest? I’m broken, too.

We’re all broken. We may try to act like we have it all together, but each of us is damaged in some way. We live with the scars of wounds inflicted by our own choices and the choices of others. We live in a fallen world. We are fallen people. In the words of recording artist Lecrae, “We some broken people, came from broken homes, broken hearts inside of a broken soul.” Reality.

We can’t pick up our own pieces, so is there any hope for the broken? I know – you’re thinking, here’s where the Jesus line comes in. Frankly…yes. Read the Gospels. Where do we always find Jesus? He’s with the leper, the harlot, the grieving parent, the disappointed, the rejected. Jesus is with the broken. The prophet Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be this way: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burned wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice” (Isaiah 42:3).

We’re all broken and we cannot put the pieces back together. No avenue of escape fixes it. We can’t medicate it away or meditate it away. We can’t buy a remedy. Our rage against it will not stop it. But the story of God – the message of the Gospel – is that God’s prefect design was damaged by sin so we all are subject to the consequences of our sins and the sins of others. And yet, God came into this broken world to identify with us, to experience suffering, to heal our brokenness, and to make all things new.

So, what do we do with our brokenness and the brokenness of our friends? We acknowledge it. We don’t try to fix it on our own. We trust the One who doesn’t snuff out the smoldering candle. We find hope in the One who died to heal our broken places and gives grace and mercy to the helpless and hopeless. And we look forward to the day when all things will be put back together just as He intended.

Lecrae says it better, “Forget the king’s horses, forget the king’s men, the King is coming to put us back together again.” Remember the damaged around you today. Treat them like they have a broken heart, and point them to the King who makes all things new! Check out the song below and let it be your anthem today.