I am really excited about this month’s closing comrade, Caroline Elisabeth of Do Life. As I mentioned last month, I went to a very small high school. Caroline was a senior my freshman year; other than her name, I did not know much about her. We were both part of the same Bible study this summer, and she always had great insights to share. I was thrilled when I heard that she had recently started a blog, I know she has wonderful wisdom to impart today. I hope you enjoy!
“Mismatched, Broken, and Beautiful”
If you have ever seen a collection of mismatched teacups (like my mom’s vintage assortment), you very quickly realize the many variations in design, size, shape, and color (you might even notice signs of repeated use – chipped edges, stains, and cracks – on some).
All appear similar in form, but are individual in character – kind of like us! In continuation with the ‘teacup’ theme, I will say that we find ourselves placed in this seemingly never-ending line of teacups and wonder “Who am I?” and “What’s my purpose?” This is when we begin comparing ourselves to those around us. We perceive that some of our fellow teacups are able to hold more tea than we can, are not cracked or have chipped edges and stains like we do, are more bright and colorful than we are, and are more stable and less likely to fall on the floor – totally unlike us!
But Jesus doesn’t see us the way that we see ourselves – He knows every crack, chip, and worn out handle in all of our lives, yet still chooses to see us as beautiful! Why? Simply because we are His.
As our Creator, God looks at us as individual creations with a single purpose – to honor Him with the life or design that He has given us (yes, even the ones with evidence of life’s wear and tear). In Christ, we are all children of God with the service to be used by Him.
Some of you may say “There’s no way God can use me! I have been shattered into a million pieces on the floor, and I feel like I am being trampled on! There’s no hope for me!” Well, let me tell you about the One who was made broken so that you and I could be made whole – His name is Jesus Christ! He is near to the broken and is able to save your life – just like He did with mine!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
God can use you…and will use you, but you must be willing to give up your brokenness in exchange for the beauty that He is waiting to give you! Jesus will remake us when we decide to fully surrender to His hand. When we accept Him into our broken lives, the Lord takes those shattered pieces and makes a new creation!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Think about it – when a cherished possession of yours or mine is broken, don’t we wish we could just fix it? Our Creator treasures us and desires to fix us when we are found broken. That is why He provided the perfect sacrifice – Jesus Christ – to become broken on the cross in exchange for our wholeness in Him.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”
I know that I have shared quite a lot, but I want you to see one. more. thing.
On the bottom of each mismatched teacup, there is a stamp – a signature seal used solely to identify the maker.
Do you have the Lord’s stamp on your life? If so, then does your life make others curious to find out who your Maker is? Do others see Christ in your life? Lastly, are you sitting comfortably on a shelf behind glass (protected from the wear and tear of being used) or are you daily being filled with the precious Holy Spirit to help others come to know your Maker?
“…When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”
In His love,
Thank you, Caroline for helping me end the year with such a wonderful post. I love that God can use broken, beautiful lives that have his stamp.