Life is a tricky thing. There is joy and sorrow. There is laughter and tears. Love and hate. Life and death. Sometimes it feels like everything is a breeze, while at other times you feel like your walking an uphill battle of defeat. We think we have our lives together but if we are completely honest we are often times more broken than we are" Put together".
I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of trying to put on a "mask". I've wanted people to see a nice little "put together" life. I've wanted to hide my broken pieces. I've wanted to be the strong person that others can lean on rather than admitting my weakness and need for a strong arm to lean on.
And it's hard isn't it?
To release ourselves from the "obligation" of being perfectly put together. To realize that it's okay for people to see the dysfunction and brokenness in our lives. We are afraid. Afraid of letting people down. Afraid of judgment. We're ashamed and scared. We look at other people's lives, we see their "put togetherness". We see flowing, smooth...perfection.
But is that reality?
I am compelled to say, no. We see the put together life and we show a put together life ourselves. But this can't be reality. We are in no way perfect people. Do not have the capability of having everything together all day everyday. It is humanly impossible. So what is reality? We, every single one of us, are broken. I am broken. And I have a feeling if I were to ask you, you would say the same thing. You are broken.
What would happen if instead of living in fear that other people might catch a glimp's of the broken pieces, we started to embraced the pieces? If instead of fearing what other people might think we walked alongside of each other and put a loving arm around one another? Because the truth is we all need that. We all want that. We don't need someone to tell us how to fix our lives. We need someone to support and love us while we walk through seasons of difficulty, and we need people to love and support us while we walk through seasons of joy and laughter. After all isn't that what we are called to do? "Above all keep loving each other above anything else".
So let's face it....We are all broken aren't we? But I think that is what it is to be human. We are all pieces of beautifully broken pottery. And we are put back together by the hands of a loving father, who has called us to be a masterpiece even in our brokenness. So let's not miss the beauty of those cracks and chip's by being critical of one another. In the words of Eddie Cortes- "God uses broken people like you and me, to rescue broken people like me and you."