Broken Crayons

“We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.” Trent Shelton

Having something of value break is quite a familiar experience to many. Whether it’s a broken plate, an iPhone screen, an umbrella or a broken “self.” Anything that is broken is rarely suited to fulfill its function. Out of habit, that broken item is often discarded.

Growing up as child, I always desired to have WHOLE crayons. If I had a broken one I would throw it away because it seemed useless to me. And sometimes, the OCD-perfectionist in me, would even consider throwing away the whole box because one little old crayon was broken. What conditions us to throw away something when it is damaged? Perhaps, we view broken things as useless. It could be that broken things can be hazardous, like glass. Or maybe it is because that item can be replaced.

Now, this raises another observation; what happens when we have an item that is broken but useful? Or when it cannot be replaced because no amount of money can ever repair it? But what happens when that thing is our heart? Sadly, people discard it too. They get rid of it the same way they would a broken umbrella. How? By vowing never to love again. By being bitter. Or by refusing to move forward.

I’ve witnessed people with broken iPhone screen, I’m not talking about the ones with just a few cracks. I’m talking about the ones that are completely broken to the point where it is quite difficult to read the messages. And yet, they don’t throw it away. Why it is that we are so prone to throw away anything that is broken and yet we keep a phone with a shattered screen? The reason is this; a shattered screen doesn’t determine the value of the phone. Especially when we paid $800 American dollars for this phone. And I’m sure we not going to let a broken screen determine our phone’s value. We will use the phone with the shattered screen until we can afford to get it repaired. Like the iPhone, we shouldn’t throw our hearts away we just need to get it fixed.

Shelton’s quote hits me hard because it disclosed a secret that I’ve been keeping from myself. I was BROKEN! I was not cracked or chipped. I was broken, shattered into many pieces. I had a tough childhood. I was considered a geek. I never fit in. I was bullied from elementary school all the way to high school. I used to be called some awful names. I had a broken heart that wouldn’t allow me to love and forgive. This, brokenness brought into existence a burden that now left me continually EMPTY. My way of thinking was this; anything empty that was designed to be full is meaningless. Therefore I was subconsciously discarded. Unbeknownst to me, as shattered as I was; I was repairable.

I’m certain that I’m not the only woman that feels like this. A vast majority of traumatized and abused women have lived life insignificantly. Their predators, pains, and problems have marginalized them. Now they have lost their purpose. They have even allowed society to define the value of their existence. I want you to remember this, yes, You; your brokenness doesn’t determine your worth.

Maybe you’ve been dumped, divorced, abandoned or raped. You are broken but you are not barren. You are empty but not insignificant. Whether you’re cracked, crushed, or shattered, you can carry out your purpose. Your brokenness doesn’t bind your strength. Repairing and using something broken signifies that it is too valuable to throw away. You, my dear friends are very precious and priceless. Christ died for you.

As this quote made me reflect on my journey, I hope my story inspires you to let go of your broken past. Don’t settle your mind on your brokenness. You are repairable. Just like Shelton’s quote was an awakening shout for me, “There is still purpose in you.” I hope it does the same for you.



Please, leave a comment. I would love to hear how this post has inspired and will impact you. Take a minute and share with someone who could use it. Help me inspire others.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. Indeed Rose Gold, broken crayons are still useful because they are still crayons. The brokeness of the crayons in no way negate the I inherent purpose of the crayons, rather it exposes the many ways each crayon can be used. Prior to its broken state, only 1 crayon could be used per person. But now with fragmented pieces there is more to share with the world. Thanks for the reminder that my brokenness merely expands my territory in Jesus name 😊

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  2. This piece is beautiful. It’s so poignant and powerful, and pierces the heart of the reader to reflect on her own brokenness and wholeness. I’m definitely sharing this post to others! It’s a great read.

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  3. Hi rose Gold. Its amazing to see that you can use your past to inspire others. Im so proud of you darling. Keep it up and remember the world didnt give you your smile so dont let it take it away.
    Powerful post. Looking forward to reading the others.

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  4. Thank you for publishing this and reminded me of the power of God. Though broken, he can and will still make a masterpiece out of me.

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  5. This was Beautiful!!!!! I’m imagining a whole crayon being used by a careless person and a broken one being used carefully. Just because it’s whole doesn’t mean that it’ll create a beautiful masterpiece. It depends on who is using it! If placed in the right hands (God’s), nothing but beauty will be the result! Thank so much for this reminder!!!! ❤️

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  6. When broken, we can never truly be repaired and become what we once were. No matter how hard we try to push the pieces together, the cracks will always be there. But like u said it doesn’t mean we are no longer valuable. We have just become something new, nd that new something can also be beautiful if we choose to accept it. Some people can’t cz the echoes of the past are just way too loud… Love the blog! Keep it up😊😋

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  7. What an awesome post! There is value in all things that we experience. Learning to embrace brokenness as a tool God can use to refine, reshape and restore us from the inside out is a beautiful reminder. Thanks for sharing this piece ❤

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  8. There were so many good nuggets in here. As I began to read, I was able to assume that you were writing in the direction of inspiring us to hope again in spite of our brokenness. But I wasn’t until I got to the end that it sunk in. I figured that because I felt negatively about life and friends and family this week, God was uninterested in my perspective- this was indeed a lie. Not only was God interested, he was attentive and engaged and he caused my moments of vulnerability to create moments of healing for me and those around me.
    My Brokenness is not only repairable, I now see its super valuable.

    Thanks Rose!

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  9. Beautiful. Thanks for allowing your inner creativity and thoughts to inspire others. This definitely inspires me and will be part of my “must read” rotation. Congrats sis on taking this next leap of faith and pursuing your passion.

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