There’s nothing like opening up a fresh box of crayons. The smell of dyed wax and paper wrappers takes you back to your childhood with your favorite coloring book in hand. Endless rainbow of coordinated colors all lined up in a neatly packed row invite you to enter into a world of creativity. One by one you select your colors carefully, concentrating so hard to stay inside the lines that you don’t notice your tongue sticking out the side of your mouth. Coloring is not for amateurs. It takes skill and concentration to create refrigerator-worthy pieces.
After a significant amount of time you feel your work is completed and you marvel at your artistic genius. You place your crayons back into the box and close the lid as you are done for the day.
Fast forward a few days, weeks, or maybe a year. You open your box of beautiful crayons to find that they are no longer sharp but are dull or broken and the paper wrappers are in need of trimming. Lastly, you need to sharpen the crayons in the amazing sharpener provided in the back of the box, how convenient! Coloring continues.
We are the crayons.
We start out new, filled with endless potential to make things beautiful, yet ultimately we find ourselves worn down and broken. Just like the crayons, our paper needs to be gently trimmed and we are frequently in need of sharpening. More often than not, life takes its toll and we find ourselves completely snapped in two and ever wonder if we are salvageable to ever be seen as useful again.
My friends, I am here to tell you that broken crayons are beautiful! You may be broken but you still have color to give. Get out of the cardboard box you’ve been living in and add some color to this world. I am sure all of you have browsed Pinterest and seen broken crayons being melted together to make new crayons, right? Well, I believe that God can take our broken pieces, mold them together and create something beautiful. My favorite quote is, “Broken crayons still color!”
You bet they do! God created you the perfect shade of awesome, so color on! You’ve got this.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”