Broken Is Beautiful

In the past, if you were to ask me about my “wounds” I probably would have downplayed the request and sidetracked the conversation so that I wouldn’t get too deep about whatever it was. Truth be told, I was ashamed and saw those areas in my life as shortcomings and deficiencies. Needless to say, many days my default response was, “I’m fine.”

Yesterday, my pastor said something during his message that struck me:

“Wounds are not symbols of slavery, but evidence of our freedom.”

I want to believe that sentence to be true for my life. I want other people to look into my life and say that very thing–that their husband/father/friend was far from perfect, but he held onto Truth. He was broken, but he was free.

Growing up I put myself in a box. There was times when I felt that my risk-averse nature hindered me from experiencing new and fresh things. In many ways, I felt trapped… almost as if there was a path set out before me, and there was complete certainty that I would follow it. I couldn’t blaze my own trail or pioneer my own frontiers.

Whether or not this can be considered a wound, I don’t know. But I do know that I don’t want those past feelings to dictate what the future holds. I want to embrace the broken periods of my life and view them as beautiful marks of freedom.

As an added bonus: check out this POTSC video called “Broken is Beautiful”. It’s pretty moving.

What did you think of the video? What do you need to view as “beautiful” in your life?

56 Comments

  • Tom

    March 14, 2011

    “the perfect ones get thrown away” was an interesting statement made by the artist. I totally agree that there is freedom in our wounds as we show how God has healed them. thanks, Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      absolutely! that line from the video was one of my favorites as well.

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  • Ryan Tate

    March 14, 2011

    Wow. I loved that video. It, and your post, remind me of one of the greatest phrases I heard over the past year: “You can’t enter the Kingdom of God until you reach a point of spiritual poverty.” There is a freedom that comes from the broken place of spiritual poverty.

    And by His wounds we are set free. Amen.

    Great post Dustin. Thank you.

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      March 14, 2011

      “Spiritual poverty”…blessed are the poor in spirit, indeed. I really liked that one, Ryan!

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      Yes! For sure, Ryan. We must become like spiritual beggars.

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  • Moe

    March 14, 2011

    Every wound, every scar, tells a story. A redemption story of our falls and his grace. When I look at my wounds and my pains, I see a human being, sinful, that lives in a world of sin. But it speaks of a God who made himself flesh to take the greatest of all wounds to make me a son.

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      March 14, 2011

      Moe! Dude!

      >>But it speaks of a God who made Himself flesh to take the greatest of all wounds to make me a son.
      —————–

      That right there, that statement, that Truth…awesome, Moe. You soooo nailed it!

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      :) Donald really IS starting to rub off on you…!!

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      • Moe

        March 14, 2011

        I don’t know if that’s a good thing. LOL

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        • Donald Borsch Jr

          March 15, 2011

          It’s not, Moe. You’ll lose readers and have the weak-minded leave you passive-aggressive parting comments as they run back to their weak-minded Christianity.

          Trust me. I’ve been there.

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    March 14, 2011

    D,

    >>But I do know that I don’t want those past feelings to dictate what the future holds. I want to embrace the broken periods of my life and view them as beautiful marks of freedom.
    ———————–

    Brilliant. Honest. Strong. May our Father make this your truth as much as it is His!

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  • Tony Alicea

    March 14, 2011

    Today is the day of one liners. That quote is killer! I believe it 100%. For me and for you.

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      Ain’t nothing wrong with 1-liners. Thanks for the affirmation, tony!

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        March 14, 2011

        Jesus had a great one liner:

        “I am the one Way, the one Truth, and the one Life.”

        Okay, so maybe I took some liberties here, but come on…you now you liked it.

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  • Jason Vana

    March 14, 2011

    I learned a few years back to stop running from my brokenness and the things in my past that may have brought shame, and to embrace it. I found so much healing and freedom when I did that.

    BTW – I love that quote!

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      Thanks for the comment, Jason. There is something quite freeing when you do embrace those times.

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  • Michael

    March 14, 2011

    That video is stout! And one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time.

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    • Dustin

      March 14, 2011

      WORD! thanks for the comment, Michael!

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        March 14, 2011

        As part of the E-brotherhood, I officially nominate “stout” as the new word for us to use meaning awesome, bold, and just freaking relevant.

        Yea or Nay.

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        • Michael

          March 14, 2011

          lol. I don’t know what I use more: stout or stoked.

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  • Ally Garner

    March 14, 2011

    “Wounds are not symbols of slavery, but evidence of our freedom.”

    Hmmm. This has me thinking a lot today. My head knows that’s true, but if i’m being honest my heart has many moments of shame & fear about the details. Crazy frustrating that i still battle that! After all, brokenness is what allows us to hear Jesus’ calling for salvation (Matthew 11:28-30 come to mind). I suppose the lessen here for me is that my wounds can set me free, if i choose it, if i allow God to transform them, if i just trust Him.

    Just when i think i’m straight & have it figured out, i read a powerful post like this and i realize there are still lingering remnants of doubt. Like, God has really forgiven & forgotten that screwup of mine, that ugly part of my personality, that struggle with sin i’ve still not given Him? That hot-mess is beautiful? Really?

    Again, my head & all my theological knowledge is screaming “yes!”, but my heart still doubts & struggles to just accept it at times. Ugh, that’s my story.

    I’ll be marinating in this post for a while. Thanks Dustin-really appreciate the nudge toward resolving some unfinished business. God bless!

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      March 14, 2011

      Ally, if I may, here are some words from a fella named Ryan Tate, over at “Doorframes of Taterhouse”, a blog. He posted this just this morning. I think it might matter to you.

      “You see, Jesus perfectly accomplished all the things that he is now challenging us to do perfectly. He lived the perfect life, perfectly paid for all our debt, and received the perfect approval of the Father. We don’t achieve perfection. We receive perfection.”

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      • Ally Garner

        March 14, 2011

        Thanks so much for the encouragement & recommendation Donald-i will DEFINITELY check out Ryan’s blog tonight. Boy, i really love that last line: “We don’t achieve perfection. We receive perfection.” So beautiful!

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      • Dustin

        March 15, 2011

        Donald- agreed! Ryan knocked that post out of the park yesterday morning.
        Ally- thanks for stopping by with the comment. No doubt it is hard for us to grasp at times (believe me, I’m the same way). Our culture screams perfection, yet its the very opposite that God requires.

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  • Jon

    March 14, 2011

    I can’t tell you how much this post resonates with me. I don’t want to go into a full on post about my story, but for the longest time, I identified myself through my past. It’s something that has been the best and worst time of my life, but I’m so thankful that in this journey, God has always been there. There’s a verse in Rev 12:11 that I’ve grown to love. Our stories are powerful.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      They certainly are! Each part of our journey as value… Thanks for sharing, Jon.

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  • Alex Humphrey

    March 14, 2011

    I really liked the video. Like Tom above I was really thrown off by the line “the perfect ones get thrown away.”

    How wonderful to think that someone as imperfect as I would be chosen by God. That he would “paint over me” with his son, Jesus Christ, so that my broken picture would no longer be the focus, but his perfection and love of the cross.

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    • Nathan

      March 14, 2011

      Love what you said here Alex and the illustration of God painting over our brokenness with His Son. That’s a beautiful visual.

      Love the quote by your pastor Dustin, I had to read that several times for it to sink in:

      “Wounds are not symbols of slavery, but evidence of our freedom.”

      Awesome.

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      • Alex Humphrey

        March 14, 2011

        Thanks, Nathan!

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      • Dustin

        March 15, 2011

        I agree- that was a great illustration. Thanks for sharing that, Alex.
        Nathan- it’s definitely one of those “let me read it a few times just to sink in” kinda quotes… :)

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  • Adam

    March 14, 2011

    Solid video. I love my scars physical and emotional. It has made me into the man I am today.

    Thanks for sharing this Dustin.

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  • kristinherdy

    March 14, 2011

    At the time, getting those wounds seems oppressive, like I was bleeding out, but there’s something in the ability of the Christian to let the life blood flow out and continue to walk around, replenishing again and again because it’s Christ who lives in us that reminds me of the great freedom I have – freedom to walk in HIS way.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      no doubt – in the moment, they seem oppressive. so true. thanks for your reminder, kristin, that its not the end…

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  • Justin

    March 14, 2011

    What a great video. Our wounds and the uglies in our life are points on a continuum of transformation. Thanks for this, Dustin.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      >>> “…a continuum of transformation.”

      Well said. thanks for sharing that, Justin.

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  • Keri @ Pop Parables

    March 14, 2011

    To be honest, I think that the idea of “broken is beautiful” and having beautiful wounds has been destroyed in many ways. I think so many people have misinterpreted that to mean, “Accept me for me”. So, a lot of times the hair on the back of my neck stands up when I hear these things. I think you’ve done an awesome job of redeeming that statement and the idea that He gives me beauty for ashes.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      I forgot about Isaiah 61 – always appreciate your comment, Keri!

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  • Adam

    March 14, 2011

    Brokenness is definitely something I am aware of. I think very moment you say to yourself and to God… “I am broken…” is the very moment that He comes in.

    I’ve been broken…many times and I know that I will always be in some state of brokenness. I think sometimes people are so afraid to embrace that because they feel like they are weak when they are broken. But through my experiences I only know just how strong I am when I am broken.

    great great post. Thank you.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      I know what you mean, Adam- for me “admitting” I’m broken, in the past, meant I was admitting I was weak… or a failure… or had something wrong with me. Slowly learning thats not the case at all….

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  • Jay Cookingham

    March 14, 2011

    “Wounds are not symbols of slavery, but evidence of our freedom.”

    That is sooo powerful!

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      Thanks for stopping by, Jay!

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  • Marlee

    March 14, 2011

    Hey Dustin,
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful video. I especially love it because she used a butterfly (I’m a dork), but the message is incredibly powerful.

    I just goes to show that it’s in own weakness that we can find our greatest strength, because in His power is greatest in our weakness.

    Thank you for the reminder. :)

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      2 Cor 12:10 “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

      Seems to be a fitting verse.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Marlee!

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  • seekingpastor

    March 15, 2011

    We are all broken to one degree or another. Embracing it and allowing God to make something of it helps for more and far more people than we can imagine.

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    • Dustin

      March 15, 2011

      So true!!… it’s just the embracing part that we need to take hold to. :)

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  • Sean Sabourin

    March 15, 2011

    Dustin,

    Just a quick question… where do you go to church? I love the statement your Pastor made. Quite profound. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Dustin

    March 15, 2011

    absolutely, no problem at all.

    I go to a church north of ATL called Stonecreek Church. Love it.

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  • Michelle

    March 15, 2011

    Love the post Dustin. I wasn’t able to watch the video (its quiet time at our house right now!) but I’ll come back and watch it later. I agree that its sometimes hard to look at our brokenness and think people will not see that. But I like how you said it…”He was broken but he was free”. Great way to look at it. I think we all are broken, but are we characterized by our chains?

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    • Dustin

      March 16, 2011

      oh no problem at all. let us know if you’re able to watch it sometime!

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  • ThatGuyKC

    March 15, 2011

    What an amazing story and beautiful artistry.
    I’m definitely not that creative.

    X-rays as a canvas. Brilliant.

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    • Dustin

      March 16, 2011

      It was certainly a fresh, unexpected take on something different… I thought it was brilliant as well!

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  • Melissa Brotherton

    March 15, 2011

    I found it interesting that she started out the video by saying that she doesn’t consider herself an artist. How many of us that are putting ourselves out there feel unworthy of the title we’re aiming for. Isn’t that the same with how we view our sonship with God? We don’t feel worthy to be called a son, but want to be a servant in His house. Instead He invites us in with open arms and draws us to Himself. Very cool video, Dustin. :)

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    • Dustin

      March 16, 2011

      thanks, Melissa. You definitely brought up an interesting point. Thankful it is because of His grace, because if we ever thought we were, in fact, worthy it would be about our merit and not His work in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

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