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My husband, cleaning the garage, was holding a broken clay flowerpot.
As he shook his head, I explained. "When we plant flowers in containers, we put a layer of broken clay at the bottom of the pot for drainage. It helps keep the roots from getting waterlogged."
Even though it's broken, it's still useful.
We're all broken when we come to Christ. God picks up the pieces and makes us whole. I think, though, that He allows us to keep our imperfections. To the world this looks like weakness, but--like everything the Lord does--it has a purpose.
Maybe, while God makes us whole in Him, He leaves us broken to the eyes of the world so that others can recognize themselves in us. "If He did it for her, maybe He'd do it for me."
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Our flaws are not weaknesses, but tools in the hands of God.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses .... For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 9-10)