Broken Crayons by Delina Hill-Brooker

2013-09-25 06.34.50

I’m not really sure how, or when, but all of the crayons in our house ended up in a big Ziplock bag. The children will search through the numerous varieties of brands and colors to find the perfect crayon that they are looking for, and they even have their favorite few.

Yesterday I noticed that there were a lot of crayons that were broken, useless or even discolored. I double checked to make sure that we did have at least one fresh new box of crayons in our stash – we did. I went through and pulled out all of the crayons that should have been thrown out ages ago. To my surprise there were more broken crayons than good ones.

I started to reflect on how long we had been using these crayons, struggling to grasp the small ones, peeling the paper down, frustrated when you color with one and it had been blended with another color, throwing the whole thing off. We never even thought of using the fresh new ones, we had gotten accustomed to the broken ones. Our fingers were familiar with how to grasp that tiny one that gave us just the right color that we were looking for. We had learned and mastered the best way to color and still have a sharp point. Instead of just picking up and using a perfect new set, we settled for the old, broken down and dilapidated crayons simply because they were familiar, and we’d grown comfortable with their familiarity.

I laughed at myself when I realized that these stupid, raggedy crayons are a lot like situations in our lives. It could be a relationship, a thought process or even actual items. We’re so used to adapting to the world around us, instead of making the world adapt to us. Genesis 1:28 reads: And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. I see that as, if He gave us dominion over every living thing, (which was before man made things) then wouldn’t we also have dominion over the man-made things (crayons, situations – yes we make certain situations)? Why do we continue to conform to the things and situations that we made? Make a new thing, make a new situation. Stop settling.

It’s ok to let go. It’s ok to have a new start. The moment that you get comfortable is the moment when it’s time to get uncomfortable. Just like our bag of crayons, you may be holding on to more broken things then things that are useful. Your life could get a whole lot better, faster if you’d just get rid of those broken things. Simply put, if there are any broken crayons in your life it’s time to throw them out and get a new set. Message received.

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1 comment so far

  1. Tonya on

    Delina, this is representative of my courage to finally take a leap of faith into entrepreneurship. It was very intimidating but it gave such a sense of freedom and independence. Keep blogging 🙂


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