Last Sunday at the Worship Night at my church they passed out glow sticks (which is a brilliant idea especially for my boys).
As I broke the stick to light it up, I began to think about broken things.
So often we we think of broken things as undesirable and bad. However, there are some things that are better when broken: Pride, vanilla beans, and bad habits to name a few.
Take the glow stick: I was holding in my hand an object that must be broken in order to shine. It can not break itself. It can not shine without being broken.
There is a spiritual principle here.
For you to shine bright in the dark world, there are things in you that need to be broken.
Things that need to shaken up so that you can light up.
You can’t do it yourself. No will power on earth will break some things but God’s power will.
When you place yourself into the hands of God, you are held by the One who can and will break up the quiet darkness and dormant power in you.
He will shake you up, wake you up so you can shine.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. (Philippians 2:14-15 NLT)