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Broken Things

Written by Diane C.

When it comes to broken things, are you the type of person that throws them away or saves them with the thought of either fixing it or finding another use for it? I am the type that throws broken things away unless it has sentimental value to me. Greg on the other hand is the kind that saves them.

We have had a broken down 4-wheeler sitting in the barn for at least 15, maybe 20 years. The barn is crowded and the 4-wheeler was taking up space that we needed. Over the years, I have consistently encouraged Greg to get rid of that 4-wheeler since it was not usable and he has consistently said no.

Greg recently decided to have the 4-wheeler fixed. It is over 30 years old, covered in years of dirt, it would not start (which is why it sat for all those years) and all four tires were flat. I thought he was wasting his time and energy on trying to fix something that should just be gotten rid of. Much to my surprise and his delight, once the dirt was washed off, new tires put on and the broken wires repaired, the 4-wheeler looks good and runs great. Now our family has a new 4-wheeler to use for our enjoyment!

Like the 4-wheeler, I use to be a broken down mess. Thankfully, there were people in my life that were willing to spend their time and energy sharing their faith and how their life changed because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

When I made the decision to confess my sins and ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, just like the dirt on the 4-wheeler, my dirt (sin) was washed away. My broken wires were repaired (my heart was changed) and I was made new in Christ.

One of my favorite songs is “Broken Things” by Matthew West. The lyrics of that song really speak to me and I thought I would share some of them with you.

The pages of history they tell me it’s true That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak All the misfit heroes You chose

Tell me there’s hope for sinners like me

Now I'm just a beggar in the presence of a King I wish I could bring so much more But if it's true You use broken things Then here I am Lord, I'm all Yours

Broken things do not have the ability to choose to be saved but broken people do. We have the choice of being thrown away (death) or being saved (choosing eternal life through Jesus Christ). Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have you made your choice?

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