Beauty In Brokenness


My broken life becomes the vessel for Christ's new life

My broken life becomes the vessel for Christ's new life

“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.

“For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.”    (II Corinthians 4:7-11)


In the passage above, I LOVE the “But nots” and the “so thats.”

There is life in those simple words.

The simple collage here on this page is my humble attempt to capture the power of those “but nots” and “so thats” in my life (the video explains further).  I am still a work in progress – but the life of Christ is fully in me, bringing beauty from the broken and jagged places in my life.

God also impressed on me that the brokenness in my life is not merely for my own benefit (if I can use that word).  It is for others as well.   The more I allow others into my brokenness, the more Christ can flow from my life into their lives – and vice versa.

My hope and prayer is that God will give each of us a picture of how He is using the broken places in our lives to make something beautiful – and to bless others who need the life and hope of Christ.

How is Christ using your brokenness to draw you closer to Him?  To draw others to Him?  Take a moment and write a comment below.


  1. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. I am watching the glorious power of God’s spiritual glue (aka Grace) create awesomeness in my life today. Often I do not take the time to just be and watch the beauty that comes naturally – a piece of my brokenness glued to another’s create something I could have never imagined – we are all part of God’s intricate design. Thank you for helping me to step back and appreciate the big picture.

    • Linda Sommerville

      Bridgette – I love the way you describe that! Your brokenness can be “glued” to someone else’s, and out of that comes even more beauty. God is so creative and amazing. Things that look like junk to me become treasures in His hand. So glad He is giving you eyes to see this today.

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