Monday August 19, 2013
Megan Hill entitled, “The Very Worst Trend Ever.”
I had such mixed emotions.
First of all, who didn’t read Jen Hatmaker’s post, “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever” and howl and cry and nod your head?
In true Erma Bombeck fashion, we commiserated that day over Jen’s words. And it was awesome.
And who doesn’t love Ann Voskamp’s dirty dishes in the sink as she loves on her bunch of kids? Most of wish we could push the dishes aside and have those priorities.
But something about Megan Hill’s subtitle caught me: “How our love of brokenness actually fails us.”
Those two writers aside (because I definitely don’t think the following describes them), I do feel that within the blogosphere there’s a bit too much wallowing. Kind of like, let’s all admit we’re worms and wiggle around in this mud together…and claim grace.
Megan points to Titus 2: 11-13: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age.”
Notice what that says—GRACE trains us to renounce…and live self-controlled and godly lives.
Grace doesn’t stop with “what a worm am I.” It has more work to do.
So, I’d like to propose a question amidst all this brokenness and laughter and commiserating that we call the mud of life:
Where does your brokenness drive you?
We might as well ‘fess up—yes, we’re all broken. But where does that drive you?
To talk to or read about another mom who messes up as badly as you do? And do you stop there?
Or does it drive you to perfect your life even more, taking the reins from the One who should have them?
On both ends of the spectrum—wherever you are—brokenness has validity only if it drives you to the One who can do something about it.
Maybe you see Him in the mom who just listens and gives you a bit of hope. The mom who writes your life, and you realize it’s okay to be broken.
But look around the corner.
Take the next turn.
Fall into the arms of the only One who can bring hope from our brokenness.
I'm linking up with Laura, Michelle, and Jen today.