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March 26, 2020

Brokenness

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

I spent a short time in the Marine Corps. On the first day of boot camp I had gotten all my gear and then found myself standing at attention on the yellow footprints with all the other new guys as we began our journey. I had on my utility belt with my full canteen attached. It was hot outside. I was thirsty. I got a drink. On my own without asking permission. I learned very quickly that was a mistake. It wasn’t pretty.

The Marine Corps takes the individual and breaks them down so that each person can be rebuilt into a soldier. “It is a process of surrender. At every turn, at every hour, it seemed, a habit or a preference had to be given up, an adjustment had to be made.” – Robert Leckie WWII Veteran.

I think about my experience in the Marine Corps and compare it to my spiritual life. In the Marines we were forced to be broken to later become a different person. In my spiritual life I ask God to break me: the sinful me, the selfish me so that I can be a different person. Christ was first broken on the cross so that I might be healed spiritually. Each day, as Robert Leckie said, I need to be in a process of surrender so that I can be the person God has called me to be.

I need to surrender my spiritually broken heart to His will. I need to surrender my pride to His will. At every turn, at every hour.

Question: Are we allowing ourselves to be broken to serve God? Are you surrendering to Him?

Challenge: Be honest about your relationship to God. Are you being molded into a different person?

Prayer: Break me Lord. Help me to be Your servant. Help me to be honest about my life so that I can be all you have called me to be. Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays


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