Your Turn: Brokenness

For several months now, I have been sharing my thoughts on Jesus’ core teachings. I would love to hear yours! (Share your thoughts in the box below.)

  • What is brokenness to you? Do you think Brokenness is important? Why?
  • Is there a time in your life when you have felt broken? Did God seem close or far away?
  • Are there any Scriptures that are meaningful to you when you think of brokenness?
  • Is there any art, poetry, or music that speak to you in your brokenness?

Don’t be overwhelmed! Share as much or little as you like. I look forward to hearing from you!

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6 Comments

  1. Jack on October 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I most feel the prevalence of brokenness in times of sin. Though I know better, I venture off from his straight & narrow path that is His Word, seeking my way. I am disheartened & feel utterly alone by this self inflicted divide until I turn back & ask for His forgiveness. No matter the number of missteps, His grace & mercy prevail.

    • Maury on October 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Interesting that you mention loneliness as a result of sin. I have felt the same effect. I take it as a sign of God’s love that he allows this pain that draws me back. (It’s what I was trying to get across in the “Why I Love Hell” podcast.) Thanks for this, Jack!

  2. sean on October 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Brokeness is the despair I feel when I realize that no matter how great my efforts. There are things that are our of my control. I like to be in control of my destiny, and that just isn’t the case.
    Being broken makes me really turn to God in a way where I am more contrite and what to hear him, rather than to spout off my grievances. I sometimes feel like I am in a constant state of brokeness.

    When I feel most Broken, I have put God light years away from me. It is at this time that I realize I need to keep that relationship current and on track.

    8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [a]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [b]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

    • Maury on October 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Sean. Wow. I really relate to that sick feeling of being out of control. I hate it too. I love where it takes you. Trust. Awesome. Thanks.

  3. Julie Stimmel on October 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The reality of brokenness was experienced today as I spent about 3 hours pulling weeds in “paradise”, on the Big Island of Hawaii while visiting family. It was a beautiful blue sky, white clouds, blue ocean, birds singing, warm kind of day and I had a view of this the entire time I was weeding.
    Brokenness is a result of this fallen world, just as weeds are.
    Brokenness in our lives, like with weeds, at some point will be something we will encounter and have to wrestle with. The good news about dealing with weeds and dealing with brokenness is that our view of the Lord becomes clearer and more beautiful as we go through the process.
    Brokenness and weeds can also sharpen our focus on how different eternity with the Lord will be in contrast to living in this fallen world. There will be no more brokenness and no more weeds in the real and eternal Paradise.

    • Maury on October 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

      What a beautiful picture, Julie. I love the coming together of hope and struggle in it. This strikes me as a very accurate description of our existence.

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