It All Starts With Broken
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Man, that’s a title you hate to read on a Sunday Morning huh?
Yesterday someone wrote on one of my blogs about an Oregon Dating site where the women on there are trashing my name.
A few years ago that would have really bothered me.
But now I understands it means I’m willing to stand up for something I believe in, I’m willing to be broken.
All the great characters in life are broken.
We all have crap in our lives that bogs us down and gets in the way.
Perhaps, to be broken, is the only way to really face the hard stuff so we can discover who we truly are not who people want us to be.
Growing up I was a kid who wanted to be liked. I don’t think that’s unusual but when someone said something mean or misunderstood me, it used to bug the hell out of me.
I then got into a business built on reputation. I was a television news anchor where your popularity was your paycheck.
I got away with it for decades. Oh, I’d hear the occasional mean thing but for the most part I was careful, rode the fence and got high marks for my balance.
It wasn’t balance it was biting my tongue, living a lie.
I kept the safe, acceptable haircut and dressed as people expected me to.
When I left I changed it up and out came the critics….LOL…you can never win.
It wasn’t all fake. I am a caring guy who see’s deeply into human beings. It’s part of who I am and how I roll.
What I’m trying to say is I was careful because my “living” depended on it and I didn’t want to be broken.
If you think about it when things are broken they get stronger. Our muscles are like that. If you ignore them and let them be the muscle gets weak and frail. If you break them down, work them to the point of sore, they grow and get stronger.
Our mind: the same thing. If you don’t use it you lose it. Thinking skills if not perfected, become weak. Broken is something people avoid when it should be something we gravitate to. But broken hurts, it’s hard and it takes work.
Over the past ten years God has broken me over and over again.
When I ran for public office my “image” was shattered so that a new one could emerge.
I was no longer soft, I became outspoken, bolden and brave.
A portion of my former audience didn’t like that and turned on me.
But others saw something in my brokenness that was more human.
For me it didn’t matter either way…..I am who I am and no one is going to change that.
With the pandemic Kathy and I made a conscious decision that even if it hurt our business we’d stand up for what we thought was right….and it did. It broke us and hurt our business. We survived but saw a cultural weakness that broke us so we could leave.
When we left Oregon for Montana a whole new group of dislikers emerged. People love to talk and hear about change but do it and it’s a whole new story.
I feel another brokenness is on the horizon. It’s already started. God seems to consistently work to break us from the trappings and prison we call the world. I feel like our nation and even our world is also being broken but my hope is so that we can actually find peace when it’s over.
In my Streams in The Desert this morning it said this: Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in the world’s reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken ofttimes in health: those who are despised and seen utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and using for God’s glory. “The Lame Take the Prey”