Posts Tagged ‘wholeness’

LEGACY 5: Brokenness and Wholeness

May 13, 2018

(Originally written 9/16/14)

Brokenness is not necessarily a bad thing. It started out that way, obviously. We weren’t intended to be broken. But brokenness brought redemption, and resulted in wholeness again. Humpty Dumpty COULD be put together again, but it took a greater brokenness.

Wholeness—also called integrity—is related to holiness, though perhaps not by etymology (another mellifluous word). We get whole from being broken, but not necessarily by being broken. Being broken doesn’t automatically lead to wholeness. It’s not a given.

But it can be given, if we’re willing to take it. We have to make a preemptive strike against the brokenness in order to enter into wholeness. We have to visualize what it can mean to be whole. We have to desire it in order to make it happen.

And then, marvel of marvels, we can again choose brokenness to bring about someone else’s wholeness. That too is not a given, but it can be a giving. It has to be received, even if not consciously, in order to lead to wholeness in the other. Life springs out of the womb, broken open. Yeats speaks of it in a clouded way in “The Second Coming,” but I’m not sure his vision was truly of imminent (immanent?) wholeness, but rather of greater brokenness.

It’s easier to break than to make whole. It’s more tempting to destroy than to build. Building takes a lot of work, a vision of what could be, and it’s easier not to think of that and to think that tearing down is a good thing. It can be, but more often is not. Razing does not always lead to raising.

It takes deep foundations for skyscrapers, deeper still for rocket launching pads. The higher you go, the deeper you have to go first.

How much are we willing to break in order to build? How high do we really want to go?

The greatest man who ever lived never wrote anything apart from a few scribblings in the sand, waiting for breakers to stop trying to break. Yet more has been written about him, and because of him, that anyone except he would have imagined. He was broken beyond measure, in order to bring a wholeness of incomparable magnitude.

And he was a purveyor of paradoxes—die in order to live, lose in order to gain, hate in order to love.

I once had an enemy literally save my life. How paradoxical is that? I learned something there—there is value in what we despise.

How we define something in language determines its value to us. Let’s let the Word break us into wholeness.

Listen With Your Whole Heart

June 16, 2013

Listen with your heart. Listen with your whole heart. That is the key to loving people.

Listening changes people. Listening converts people. Listening is the heart of the matter.

Listen to others. But first listen to your own heart. Listen to God. Hear His heartbeat for you. Then when you can listen to others, you can listen to His heartbeat for them.

Wholehearted people are the people we admire. They accomplish superhuman feats. They change the world by changing the people they impact. They pour out their lives by pouring out their hearts, but they do it best out of a reservoir that is overflowing.

When I really listen, time gets expanded exponentially. Eternity comes into the moment. Time stands still, breathlessly waiting for me, for the one I’m listening to. I become one with them, and enter their pain, their joy, their love, their successes, their failures, their hearts.

When I have fully listened, and a sense of wholeness is fully complete, time resumes—but that moment has been captured in memory, a snapshot or a video to replay at leisure, or at needed times.