– cody vermillion
So its been a pretty eventful week so far. Full of joy, frustration, fun, sorrow… a dash of weirdness… and some good community.
Some of you may have seen part of this reflection on my social media earlier this week. But so much has happened since, and I wanna give you the whole story…
It all started this past Sunday.
I got the privilege to play my broken guitar while leading worship for my friend Caden’s youth group. It was a great morning! But it got me thinking about brokenness. See I dropped this guitar in a rehearsal a couple of years ago, and the ensuing crack has been held together by tape ever since.
The tape has worked well at making sure the crack doesn’t get worse. But it hasn’t really fixed the problem. I need to introduce some glue or wood puddy and some elbow grease to really fix it. And even then, it will never be the same. The scars will still be there. And it probably won’t sound the way it did before.
But despite all that, I still love this guitar. I love that, even though it’s broken, I can still enjoy playing it. That I can still write songs on it. That I can still lead teenagers in worship with it. That it can still serve a purpose.
And that’s kinda like us, right?
We’re all a little broken. Cracked. Scarred.
And I think too often we want to focus on those things – the things we need to fix – the ways we are, damaged, wrong, or “bad”. We desperately try to cover them up with all manner of things to keep the cracks from spreading and revealing what’s underneath. But I think that’s no way to live.
Because I believe what’s deepest within you – what makes you who you are – isn’t your brokenness. Sure, it has shaped you and changed you in big ways. And maybe even become a huge part of your story. But there’s so much more to your story, guys! You don’t have to live from that brokenness. It’s not who you are. It’s not who you were created to be. You are created by a God who loves you. A God who made you [good]!
And however life has roughed you up, I want you to know, you still have purpose. You’re still worth something.
Because the good news is, God loves us broken messed up people so much that He chose to be broken Himself. To feel the full human experience, even death, so that we can have life to the full. And I know we’ve said this a bunch, but guess what… life to the full can happen now. Today.
I gotta tell you, I think I have been experiencing life to the full this week. Like, the full human experience.
From the high of leading teenagers in worship through music, to the low of our four year old fighting us tooth and nail on everything [ev.er.y.thing.]… to making great connections with like-minded people; to having fun with all of you at the beach and the park; to praying with people in our community facing some really hard stuff; and even saying goodbye to friends we love, knowing we probably won’t see them again for a long time…
Life to the full is getting the complete human experience and seeing God’s beauty in all of it. Even the brokenness. Because even when our kid is driving us nuts, we can see that his strong will is part of how God made him… that the very thing Jen and I are so frustrated with now, will actually serve him pretty well in the future. Even when people we care about are facing hard times, we can see how God pulls his people together in faith to pray for miracles.
And even when we have to say goodbye to good friends, we see how God binds our hearts together in ways no ocean can erode away.
[we love you Croxfords!]
So, if we can step into those hard places with a different perspective, we can begin to see how God actually fills in the cracks around our brokenness. And what starts to define those times isn’t the brokenness itself, but the beauty that God is making from it.
You may or may not have noticed that our logo is a cracked mosaic heart. Yes. This is intentional. 😉 Because we believe that all of us broken people can come together like the broken pieces of a mosaic and make something beautiful. And I have seen that so much in this community this week. So, thank you for making that happen!
Now… this week I want you to embrace the truth that the brokenness in your life doesn’t define you. It’s actually what makes you beautiful. Because God has taken those broken pieces and formed them into something new. You are His creation. You are His child. He has great plans for you…
Brokenness and all.
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August 19th, 6:30 PM
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