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Broken yet useful

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

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After spending the day in fasting and prayer I sat down at my computer to upload some files to my website. I was busy at my task when my son removed my cell phone from my pocket and tried to unlock it. It fell from his grasp and the screen and touch got damaged. It means I could no longer access my files. I didn’t bother to scold him, because it was purely an accident. Furthermore, it couldn’t have remedied the situation. I just challenged my energies into repairing or replacing it.


Little did I know what I would later discover. I was fascinated to find out that even though the phone had lost its proper functionality I was still able to receive calls, check the time, and use the alarm to awake me from sleep each morning at 5:00.


We find the story of Jeremiah’s visit to the potter’s house in the 18th chapter of the book of Jeremiah. “The Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So, I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” (Jeremiah 18:1-4)


As human beings we are like that vessel in the potter’s hand. Though we might be broken or deformed our characters are each day remodeled by God, the master potter. Despite our brokenness we are still of value and useful. Surely, our value depreciates somewhat, but we’re still valuable enough to contribute meaningfully to society. Notwithstanding, it’s only when we are repaired that our true worth is restored.

Placed in the capable hand of God there’s no limit to our possibilities…

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A writer, teacher, producer and presenter, Marlon wants to motivate individuals to achieve their best and believes it can be as simple as building and maintaining lasting relationships. With over 15 years’ experience teaching adolescence, young and adult learners, his lifelong ambition is to impact lives in a positive way.

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