Why You Shouldn’t Edit Out All the Broken Type in Your Life

An editor’s work hours are spent correcting broken type. Polishing a piece until the ensuing words are whole and meaningful and presented in the best light possible. 

We see our lives in a similar way.  Something to be corrected and adjusted. Something to be presented as polished and meaningful. Something to be edited until it shines. 

No broken type here. No run-on sentences there. 

We attempt to edit out what we don’t like and type in what we do. Erase the pain. White-out the sorrow. Put a big red slash through our struggles.

Insert happiness–across each page, of course. Add well-being and stability. 

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Because we forget the brokenness in our lives has purpose:

  • It molds our spirits to fit into God’s plan, not ours.
  • It helps conform our lives to His style guide.
  • It typesets us to fit on His page.

Where there is brokenness, there is also wholeness. ←Click to tweet!

Yes, some broken type needs to be edited out. But others?

Let God use it, so you can better fit on His page. 

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart” (Psalm 51:16-17).

Reflections: What’s the broken type God has allowed to remain in your life to help you fit better on His page? 

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2 comments on “Why You Shouldn’t Edit Out All the Broken Type in Your Life
  1. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) says:

    I have learned that we grow when we go seek God through brokenness. Just had that experience yesterday.

    • Julie Sunne says:

      I’m sorry you had to face brokenness, Cecelia. Grateful you recognize the growth it brings as we draw near to the Lord in our pain. May you rest in His Word and your church home and be comforted and renewed this weekend.

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