Being Broken

shoes3“Wow, we’ve got George Barna to ourselves for an hour! Finally we’ll find out what’s wrong with the church. This is the guy with all the research. This is the guy everybody quotes. ‘Barna says this,’ and ‘Barna says that.’ Finally everyone will find out I’ve been right all along.

“Instead we heard about brokenness for an hour.”

I have been quoting Barna since the late 1980s so I relate to that statement so much. Incidently I also relate a lot to the topic George Barna chose to talk about—brokenness. My offering for you today is for you to take time to reflect on your brokenness as you read this:“We had George Barna on Catch radio last Tuesday night. I was so excited. Wow, we’ve got George Barna to ourselves for an hour! Finally we’ll find out what’s wrong with the church. This is the guy with all the research. This is the guy everybody quotes. ‘Barna says this,’ and “Barna says that. ‘Finally everyone will find out I’ve been right all along.

“Instead we heard about brokenness for an hour. We heard the there can be no transformation without brokenness. We heard how George found out through research what the word of God has been saying all along. If God’s going to use you, God’s got to break you. And how will God do that? It will be different for each one of us.

“Well whoopee! This is just what we wanted to hear! Not.

“In some ways, its the last thing we want to hear.

“It’s a question I can ask, but only you can answer. That’s because the answer is not an intellectual one you can memorize and give back at the right time. The answer is not found in knowledge. The answer is known in experience.

“Where am I being broken today? God is trying to get my attention. The more we try and fight this, the farther we will have to fall in order to find it out. It’s already happening, the question is: are we letting it happen? Are we allowing it or denying it?

“Where am I being broken today? It’s not a concept. It’s not an intellectual truth to be embraced in my mind. It is an experience. It’s something I am already experiencing, it’s just that I am either fighting it or giving into it. I am either letting myself be broken or I am fighting being broken. I am either letting the Lord have His way with my life or I am having my own way with my life. Which is it?

“Where am I being broken today?

“Why do I keep on asking this? Why is this so important? Because there is no transformation without brokenness. There is no short cut to spiritual growth. There is no way you can get this right and not have to suffer for it. There’s no way we can be like Christ and still insist on being who we want to be.

“George found this out through research. He found out that less than 5% of the Christians interviewed knew what it meant to be broken. Less than 5% could tell a story about being broken. Less than 5% knew that being transformed had anything to do with being broken.

“Do I know what I’m talking about? Barely. That’s why I’m writing about it. I want to find out. Listen to George’s interview. Read Marti’s review. I’m going to talk a lot about this because I don’t know enough about what it means.

“Like a horse whose will has to be broken before it can be one with its rider, God wants us to be one with Him.” John Fischer, The Catch, March 20, 2014

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Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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