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My best try at salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16

Building Smaller

“My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart’s desires are broken.”

-Job 17:11

Source: Hometone.com

Your heart is like a vase; treasured and fragile, and not to be thrown around. If simply given, no damage is done. However, if treated recklessly and thrown, it’s shattered.

Once broken, you can do one of two things:

-Rebuild and reinforce, or

-Rebuild as-is

If you reinforce, the vase will get harder and harder with each breaking and reinforcement. An image of a bowling ball was put into my mind. Those things can do some serious damage!

If you rebuild as-is, the pieces get smaller and smaller with each breaking and rebuilding. Smaller pieces and more glue in between makes for a “weaker” vase that’s also less appealing, but it’s also softer, more flexible, and more resistant to damage.  Instead of breaking again, or causing a bunch of damage, if you throw this vase, it just sort of…gets a dent, like a basketball that needs air. I’d rather be hit be with a deflated basketball than a bowling ball any day.

Your hurt and broken heart does not affect just you, but also the people you interact with.  So make the choice to be a bowling ball or deflated basketball and decide how much damage you want to do to those around you.  Make the choice to become softer and more malleable with each break.  Build smaller.

Have you been a bowling ball lately? Ask God and others for forgiveness for your hardened heart, and forgive others for when they’ve been a bowling ball towards you.

If you have a broken heart, make these scriptures part of your prayer today. Ask God to build you smaller and softer with each break.

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

-Ezekiel 36:26

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

-Psalm 51:10

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