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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:17

As I opened the buffet, I noticed the broken platter. This wasn’t just any platter. It belonged to a set of antique dishes that my husband collected. I knew he would be very disappointed to learn that it was broken. The platter was in two pieces, so I decided to glue it together, thinking perhaps it could still be used. When I showed it to my husband, his response was, “You may as well throw it away; it is ruined.”

Perhaps a poor choice or a bad experience has damaged you. You are broken; you see yourself as ruined. Well, I know Someone who can take what is broken and put it back together. I know Someone who can take what is ruined and restore it to that which is lovely, useful and valuable. His name is Jesus.

A woman was brought to Jesus who was ruined in the eyes of men.  She not only deserved to be cast off; according to Jewish law, she deserved death. Yet, Jesus didn’t focus on her failure; He focused on her future. He said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11). With those words, Jesus showed His confidence that her future could be drastically different from her past. Because of her encounter with
Jesus, her life could be transformed.

The same is true for you. Instead of focusing on your past failures, focus on a future of hope in Christ Jesus. Through a vibrant, personal relationship with Jesus, your life can be transformed into that which is lovely, useful and valuable to Him. 

Perhaps you are broken, but look what God did with these broken things: the pitchers of Gideon’s army were broken, causing light to shine forth and the battle to be won (Judges 7), the jar of perfume was broken, anointing Jesus with oil in preparation for His burial (Mark14) and Jesus’ body was broken on the cross, bringing salvation to the world (I Corinthians 11:24).

Lord, take this broken person that I am and put me back together in a way that brings You glory. Amen.

Jan Burkhart

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