Life pieces?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God use broken people, unworthy as we are, to do the important work he has set out for his people to do? Does He starts with nothing and, through an occasional success and many failures, He builds something worth His while?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?

Over the years I have applied for and held a number of different jobs. Ranging from stock boy to vice president, I have always brought something to the job that gave my employer confidence that I was the right person for the position. There were times when I met that expectation and there were times when I didn’t. I failed. Sometimes, after a failure, you just have to pick up the pieces and put your life back together again. Over time I’ve found that it isn’t the successes that instill new confidence. Rather, it’s the sorting out and picking up the pieces that forge a stronger me.

Robert Schuller tells this story: “One problem I remember was a time when our son Bob broke our trust and lied to his mother and I. He was still young, dating Linda, his wife-to-be, and was only allowed to see her on certain nights. Well, one night he wanted to see her without permission and told us he was at his friend’s house. When we found out the truth, there was a real scene between us. He had violated our trust; it was like a crack in a fine cup that marred its appearance. In the confrontation, I smashed a fine English teacup on the floor and told Bob that to restore our trust would be like gluing that cup back together again. He said, ‘I don't know if I can do that.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s how hard it is to build confidence and trust again.’ The outcome was that Bob spent literally weeks carefully gluing the pieces together until he finished. He learned a very important lesson.” (Robert H. Schuller, in Homemade, January 1985.)

God uses broken people, unworthy as we are, to do the important work he has set out for his people to do. He starts with nothing and, through an occasional success and many failures, He builds something worth His while. Nevertheless, it isn’t easy facing all the challenges that life offers when we feel unable to measure up. We lack the confidence to start and often lack the confidence to finish. Feeling inadequate is not a sin, however. Allowing those feelings to stop us from doing God’s will is. Like that broken cup, picking up the pieces is sometimes the only way to know that what you thought was impossible is really only a matter of sorting out the pieces and putting what was broken back together again.

We pray. Heavenly Father. It is a mystery to us how You use broken people, unworthy as we are, to do the important work You have set out for Your people to do. You start with nothing and, through an occasional success and many failures, You build something worth Your while. Nevertheless, it isn’t easy facing all the challenges that life offers when we feel unable to measure up. We lack the confidence to start and often lack the confidence to finish. Forgive us when we allow our feelings to stop us from doing Your will. Like a broken cup, picking up the pieces is sometimes the only way to know that what you thought was impossible is really only a matter of sorting out the pieces and putting what was broken back together again. We praise You Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!"

<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

  • Facebook Black Round
  • Google+ - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle