Reaching A Breaking Point

Brokenness isn’t comfortable.

A mug that shatters leaves a mess in the kitchen.

A car blowing smoke can cost thousands to repair.

A broken bone causes incredible pain.

But what about us? What if we hit breaking point?

No, that’s not comfortable either.

We can be broken for all sorts of reasons. A relationship ends. Financial stress. The loss of work. A consuming addiction. Depression.

Whatever the reason, we don’t go looking for crisis points.

But these times don’t have to be meaningless.

When we lose the things that define us, we break. And when we lose anything or everything we hold dear, what do we have left? Is there any point going on?

But then, we realise we’re still here. We do go on. Still breathing. Why? Where is our humanity now? Where is our dignity? What do we do next?

Our worth is found in the love of Christ, and the fact we have been intentionally, fearfully and wonderfully made by God. This is always true, it’s just that we can so easily forget it. When we hit breaking point, and we ask the question, ‘what’s left’, we answer with what’s always been there. The love of Christ.

He has not left you. He will not forsake you. And breaking points can bring a profound opportunity to take rest and freedom in that truth.

You may be broken. But it might just be that this time you’re being rebuilt with the right foundation.

A breaking point can also be a turning point.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
— James 1:2-4
Chris Cipollone