God Uses Broken Things

 

We throw away broken things, but God don’t. God uses broken things.

The above film is my absolute favorite thus far featured on I Am Second. I first saw it a few weeks ago and shared it via Twitter and Facebook. Since then I have watched it many times and was inspired to write about it. David Ring’s testimony is extraordinary, and he is such an inspiration to others. Many of you know I have the privilege of working around many people with disabilities, and that has changed my whole perspective on those folks. Hearing Mr. Ring speak of others making fun of him hits home, and it hurts knowing how cruel some people can be. Ring is living proof that God does indeed use broken things.

There are so many things he says in the film that I could mention here. I’ll focus on a couple of my favorites. One is this:

I’m not OK, but that’s OK. God loves me just the way I am.

What a powerful statement! I think too many of us spend time trying to be something we are not. We try to be better, smarter, different. We’re not OK, so we try to mask that by being something we think others want us to be. The truth, however, is that we need to understand exactly what Ring said. We’re not OK, but that’s fine. God knows that, and He loves us as we are…in spite of our flaws, disabilities, sins, failures. It has taken a long, long time for me to realize that. I, like many, have felt at times that God doesn’t love me. How could He? But, He does…unconditionally!

Another line from Ring that I love is,

God saw a dead baby, and God brought that dead baby to life.

You can look at this statement a couple of different ways. The obvious is how Ring meant it. He was dead for several minutes when he was born, and God brought him back to life because He had a purpose for his life. I think there is another application here. Think about salvation. God takes a sinner…someone spiritually dead…and gives them life through Jesus Christ. He sees a dead baby and brings it back to life. Let that sink in! Without the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf, we are dead (the wages of sin is death). But His gift to us is life! Praise God!

Finally, David Ring ends by saying this…twice:

Everybody wants to be loved

There is no human being on the face of the planet who could argue with this statement. We all want to be loved. We long for the love of others. But, too often I think we feel the opposite. There is so much hate and violence in the world in which we live. Racism, sexism, discrimination…you name it. But, there is good news! While we may not feel the love from others, there is One who loves like no other.

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Everybody wants to be loved, and God loves everybody! His Word tells us so. When we understand that, and realize God wants us as we are…scarred, battered, broken...we will feel that love. Will it always be easy? No, but He has promised to be with us to the end of the age. When all else fails, God’s love never will.

Have you experienced His love? If not, what are you waiting for? He offers it freely to all who will accept it. Will you accept it and allow Him to use you for something greater? Remember…

We throw away broken things, but God don’t. God uses broken things.

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