Sunday, February 12, 2012
Broken, but Precious
Amanda has a Baby Born doll that she loves so much that she doesn’t mind that its arms have fallen off. Her little friend, who comes and plays almost everyday, mentioned that her mommy throws broken toys away, implying that I should do the same. It probably bothered her to see this armless baby doll being played with (like one of those scary broken toys from the Toy Story movies). It sometimes bothers me too, but Amanda loves it no matter how it looks, so I don’t have the heart to throw it out.
Yesterday morning we watched “Soul Surfer.” The movie is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack. At one point in the story she was asked a very important question by a reporter. He wanted to know if she could go back to that day, would she change anything. She replied, “I could never have embraced this many people with two arms.”
The lesson in this is that sometimes we are too quick to throw something away just because it’s broken. Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean that it’s no longer precious or that it has become useless. The same goes for people. We are all capable of great things no matter how broken we may be on the inside or the outside. Give what you have with courage and let God do the rest.