Finding the Whole in the Broken

Much of our world is broken.  Our systems, our services, sometimes our perspective.  We look for what is wrong.  Of course, we find there is much hurt and pain to see. 

Unfortunately, while we may aim to identify things in order to make positive change, searching out only what is wrong gives these gaps our attention and our energy.  It also shapes our perspectives and our judgments. 

Our brains are amazing computing mechanisms.  They sort, classify and label.  That helps us but it can hurt us even more.  When we meet and have relationships with people, we try to put them in a box.  Most often, we go to what their weaknesses or deficiencies are.  These boxes, these labels, create a barrier between us and them.  Often we are trying to convince ourselves we are better than they are.  Vulnerability declines and we wear masks rather than reveal our true selves to keep up the ruse.

What we need to remember is that in one person's brokenness lies their gift.  Kids who are impulsive and scattered are also usually abundantly creative.  Adults who procrastinate and are perfectionists are also extremely committed and have great vision.  There is a flip side to every weakness.  In one's brokenness, is their wholeness.

Furthermore, when we see people for who they really are, we see our true selves.  It is commonly understood that what frustrates us about others is what we don't like about ourselves.  When we accept people for their whole selves - their strengths and weaknesses - we begin to accept who we really are. 

When we begin to see ourselves and others as whole people that do not need to be fixed, we unleash the kind of creativity that has the potential to solve all that is broken in our world. 

We are connected.  If each of us considers how we can start influencing the systems we are part of (home, work, community) our actions will have a ripple effect and will change our world.