“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie
Life can sometimes be overwhelming with the demands of life, our failure to live up to our own expectations, and the harsh reality that we’re all broken people living in a broken world. There are days when hope arrives in a gentle whisper, while despair screams from the rooftops; but these momentary feelings do not have to define who we become.
The human heart and mind can often mislead us, leading us to dark and lonely places we never dreamed would exist in our life’s story. Despite the human capacity for ingenuity, creativity, and intellectual rationalization, we as human beings often find ourselves wrapped up in dysfunction, brokenness, despair, and hopelessness.
We are all broken, fragmented, and unstable creatures stumbling through life in need of healing. For some, brokenness reveals itself in depression, anxiety, or another mental/emotional manifestation. For others, brokenness finds clever ways to hide behind amassing possessions, obsessing over vocations, and being co-dependent on other broken people.
In the end, no matter what walk of life from which we arrive, we are all dysfunctional and desperate to be restored to the life we were ultimately created to live.
In the Scriptures, the heart is much more than just the originator of our dreams, our passions, and our desires. Rather, the human heart is at the core of our being, our view of God, our perception of our fellow human beings, and ultimately, the choices that define our lives.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
Guarding the heart isn’t simply a matter of avoiding darkness for fear of despair. Rather, we must constantly be on the search for beauty, truth, life, and hope to invade the empty space. And this is no simple task, but life is and always will be worth the fight.
“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” – 1 John 3:20
God is greater…He is our hope, our life, and our healer.
The war you face each day may not be resolved today, it may not come to a conclusion tomorrow, and it may take years to resolve. But you are not alone. Your heart is of worth great value. Your life is worth the fight.
Several years ago when I lived in Los Angeles I was talking with Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic, about my own battle with dysfunction and brokenness. After hearing my story, he responded (paraphrasing), “Everyone has their dysfunction and this happens to be yours. But it’s not your dysfunction that defines you; it’s how you choose to live with your dysfunction that defines you.”
Each and every day my desire is to seek after truth, hope, and the reality that life really is a such a grand thing.