The idea that we’re all broken isn’t a popular one. It seems many dislike the term because they assume it means either:
But it means neither. In fact, it means quite the opposite. Jesus famously taught that we are all broken (John 3:16, Romans 5:8), but that we are also:
Fixable — it’s called discipleship — think “apprenticeship,” a journey of transformation, not an app you download; and that we are…
Lovable – right now, even while we’re still in the process of being fixed.
My own brokenness has a lot to do with my hard-wired ADHD and OCD, as well as the bad habits and wrong-headed notions that have been layered on top of that wiring ever since. All of which have helped lay the groundwork for my particular brand of what, until recently, people called sin, mistreating or using others, God, and yes, even ourselves.
Result? I sometimes struggle with liking and accepting myself (I believe self-love is a given, but self-like isn’t!) So here’s a parallel that helps me correct my attitude towards myself:
Can and should a person with, say, no legs like/love themself? Of course! But that doesn’t mean they can’t and shouldn’t fix the problem (who hasn’t seen or cheered some overcoming Paralympian or physically-challenged performer/teacher/scientist, etc.?). And it also doesn’t mean they shouldn’t address their own subsequent sinful behaviors.
So here’s to liking (accepting) and loving ourselves right now—even while we strive to be proud of…
The person we’re becoming!