The quote “Broken Crayons Still Colour” jumped out at me today and spoke very loudly to me. I’ve heard it a few times before and I always thought it was a powerful message. However, it was spoke to me today in a way it never did before as it drove me to writing this blog post. What the quote is saying is, in spite of being broken, you still have value and a purpose. We can feel broken because of disappointment, heartbreak, failure, sadness, loss, grief, etc. One thing about life is, if you live long enough, you will make mistakes, do stupid things or have regrets. You may feel like there’s no way you can recover from your broken situation/season but don’t trust the feeling. However, the onus is on us to fight the feeling of giving up and not going any further.
Here’s the reality, years from now you’re gonna look back and realize how far you’ve gotten since you decided to keep it moving after a season of brokenness. You’ll see how your own brokenness was used to mold and shape you into a stronger person. I can say this with confidence because I have had many a broken season and the key to surviving it is to “Just keep swimming” (Finding Nemo fans will get it). You will make it out of that season with attributes you could only get from being broken. Trust the Process (check out that blog post).
One particular season of brokenness for me happened 5 years ago as had thoughts of dropping out of college. This was one of my lowest points as I failed every single course (3) I did that semester. My self-talk was far from positive, to me, I was a loser, a failure, stupid, tough-headed, etc. The only way I saw to get past that was to simply drop out, easy peasy. NOT! I remember the two people I told about it who helped me to stick it out, my mom and my mentor. I did summer school and changed my studying pattern and never failed another exam. Graduated 2014 and no one can take that joy from me after I pushed through.
Nothing You’ve Been Through will be wasted
It’s important to realize that life will break you at times but it’s up to you what you do after. I listened to a sermon by T.D Jakes some years ago and I only remember one line. “Nothing you’ve been through will be wasted”! This went on to be the most profound line in my life and I decided that no matter what I’ve done in life or what has been done to me, it will not be wasted. It will either make me stronger or help to make someone stronger because of my testimony. Consider some of the people God used to accomplish his plans, they too were broken at some point. Moses was a murderer, David was a murderer and an adulterer, Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal, Peter denied Christ, Paul was a murderer but they rose out of their broken situations/season and went on to do great things for God. You can use your brokenness to help someone and you can still add value and colour your world. Think of yourself like that crayon and make the decision to fulfill your purpose despite every way you fall short. Your best is yet to come.
Those who have been lost in the wilderness are able to help others find their way out of theirs.
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