How to be broken

How to be broken.

Where is the how to book for that? I don’t know how to do it.

I assume some suggestions are:

  • Be and adult and suck it up.
  • Pray about it.
  • Keep busy.
  • Find the positives.
  • Cry.

But what of those actually tells you HOW to be broken. How do we process our emotions and thoughts? When do we know it’s time to just let every wall crumble? Do we let everything fall down and rebuild from the ground up? Do we try to salvage the pieces of art on the walls, the cherished memories, the fine china? What does one read? How does one spend their time?

And

When is it time to sweep up the rubble, pick out the good pieces, and start laying some brick?

I don’t know how. But I have a guess.

One day at a time.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18

If you feel it has all come down, use the opportunity to examine the foundation. Maybe that’s what God wants. Allow him and trust him – as hard as it is – to fill the cracks (healing), to bring you up to code (identity in Christ), to fix the plumbing (align your heart, mind, and emotions), and the electric (create a light in you), and maybe even raise it above sea level (so you can whether the floods).

For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

One day at a time.

Don’t be hasty to put walls up or develop new pieces of your life just because you can’t stand to be exposed. He’s doing a work in you. He will bring the materials, he will do the work, on the foundation HE has now corrected and reinforced.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me… The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:10, 17).

One day at a time.

It’s tough. It’s beyond tough. Its nerve-wracking for some. We all face brokenness at some point. Be comforted by the fact that the Bible says He’s close to you, specifically when you are broken.

Try to take an eternal perspective, while at the same time going day by day.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

Ain’t that the truth!

There isn’t a short-cut or an easy button out of it. Sorry.

You have to be broken to be rebuilt. And if you don’t rebuild from the ground up, your brokenness could be wasted.

I don’t know how to be broken. Just that it’s one day at a time

Photo by Fernando Reyes on Unsplash

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