At our house, two of our favorite cooking pots have a handle missing. We would throw them away and get new ones, but we’ve had these since we were married. Recently we were at our son’s house, and our daughter-in-law showed us a pot that looked identical to ours—complete with a missing handle! We laughed about how hard it is to get these pots off the stove with only one handle, and agreed that we really should break down and buy new ones. Then she told us that our oldest granddaughter, having seen these pots at both of our homes, assumed that this was how these they came from the store! She was learning to use broken pots because that’s all she had ever known.

We do this in our own lives. It’s easy to accept broken things and even pass them on to others because that’s how they have always been. But just because things have always been a certain way doesn’t mean that’s the best way. Our Father specializes in taking broken lives and healing them. He is ready to show us a better way.

We encourage you to deal with your brokenness right away. Go to a church near you and talk to a pastor. See if there is a Celebrate Recovery in your town. It’s a safe place to share your hurts, hang-ups, and habits. There is somebody just like you struggling with the same hurt . . . and waiting to welcome you into a safe family.

“Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-23