What can you do with something that’s broken? Most broken things are discarded and thrown away. I received two armchairs from an online company today. I was so excited. Unfortunately, three out of eight legs were broken! I called customer service and they told me that they would send replacements and that I could “dispose of” the broken chairs as I saw fit!

Fences get old and rotten. Cars break down. Computers wear out. Glass shatters. Lawn mowers won’t start. Everything breaks down eventually! What can you do with something that’s broken?

In recent years a new generation of young people have become more aware of what it means to be good stewards of our environment. They believe that we are polluting our world at an alarming rate and that if this trend continues our children and our children’s children will suffer.

TerraCycle, for example, believes that they can eliminate the idea of waste by recycling the “non-recyclable” stuff like used pens and empty coffee capsules. They began their creative recycling journey by transforming empty drink containers into jewelry.

Another example is Ample Harvest. In the United States it’s estimated that some 100 billion pounds of food is wasted each year, thrown out, discarded. Ample Harvest is seeking to change those numbers by getting a portion of that wasted food donated to food banks and soup kitchens. Another company came up with the idea of making clothing out of common household trash. It’s innovative ideas like these that give our world a bit of hope for a cleaner environment in the future.

Yes, our material world is breaking down but did you know that people break down too? When a relationship breaks down someone might end up with a “broken heart”. A person can become broken as a result of a long battle with cancer or any number of diseases. Others are broken as a result of a car accident. Still others are emotionally broken through abuse.

So much brokenness in the world!

There’s an interesting story in the book of John. Jesus had gone into Jerusalem and while there came to an area with a large pool of water called Bethesda. It was surrounded by a great multitude of people who were “sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed”, or in other words, people that were broken, all waiting for a miracle.

Jesus saw a man who had been there for a very long time. He was trapped in his broken condition. He asked the man, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6). He did and he was!

Clearly Jesus came for this very purpose, to heal the brokenness in our world. In his hometown Jesus announced that he was fulfilling a prophecy given by Isaiah. “[I am sent] to heal broken hearts and to proclaim liberty to captives, vision to the blind, and to restore the crushed with forgiveness” (Luke 4:18).

If something of yours gets broken you might decide to throw it out, fix it, or recycle it. What if you’re broken? Don’t despair. Jesus came for the broken and those who come to him he will “never cast out” (John 6:37).