When Even Our Best Has Cracks…


As I drove to work yesterday morning I was thinking about the day/week ahead. And, as I did, I found myself whispering a prayer of acknowledgement.  Lord, even my best has cracks.  

I know this prayer was triggered from the post I wrote last week where I shared with you the important differences I am learning between perfection and excellence.

I then thought about this funny, yet accurate, quote from Groucho Marx: “Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light.” 

Because of the word blessed, this Marx quote immediately made me think of the Sermon on the Mount. And, guess what? The message at church this past weekend was focused around The Sermon on the Mount. The message series we are currently doing at church is called “Contrary to Popular Belief”.

So much of what Jesus preached went against the grain and contrary to popular belief: the weak are strong, the last become first, turn the other cheek, find your life by losing it.

In many ways, I think this Marx quote could easily have been included in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). I can see Jesus standing in front of a crowd and saying those words. Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light. It’s our lack, our not good enoughs, our failures, our wrong turns, our broken parts that invite us to take a journey to the One and with the One who is all-sufficient, more than enough, full of grace, redemption, and healing. Our cracks make room for this Light to shine into our lives and into our situations. Our cracks allow this Light to come in and do what light does best: illuminate that which is hidden or in the dark.  And once this perfect light begins to shine on our lack and on our need, we begin to understand that the crack isn’t really the part on which we need to fixate or dwell…because cracks can’t hold a candle to His consuming fire.  🙂

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,  for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29

You’re a fountain of cascading light, 
and you open our eyes to light. Psalm 36:9 (Message)

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