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I was walking on the beach this morning with our three-year-old, Addie.
We desperately needed some time together, just the two of us. While we were walking, She was picking up shells and handing them to me as little kids do.
When I hunt for seashells, I always look for the ones that are fully intact, with interesting patterns or beautiful colors. You know, the ones that catch your eye as you’re walking along. However, Addie kept picking up the worn, broken and beaten ones. My natural reaction was to say “Eh, let’s toss that one back, it’s broken.”
Without missing a beat, in the sweetest and most innocent voice, she looked up at me and said, “That’s OK if it’s broken, mama. It can still be useful!“ it hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was so taken back by the wisdom that comes out of the hearts of children.
If you’re like me, most of the time you feel a bit like those pieces of shells. Comparing yourself to the seemingly whole, beautiful ones. The ones worthy of being chosen and used to do great things.
You might feel like your rough edges, cracks and discoloration make you less worthy. Your depression, anxiety, past, addiction, anger problem, etc disqualify you from doing great things for Jesus. Well my 3 year old is here to remind you that it’s okay if you’re broken, you can still be useful! Maybe even moreso than the ones who seem “whole.”