While doing my daily readings I stumbled upon the word Kintsugi and as most curious people do today googling a new term is second nature. And after searching for 5 seconds here’s what I found:
Kintsugi – is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted ormixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treatsbreakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Or simply put, the art of of broken pieces. And here are some images offrom google to see how beautiful this art can be:
Beautiful right? Which got me thinking, how can something that wasbroken become something so beautiful? And then it hit me, it’s beautiful because of process it went through byhighlighting the cracks to see story of the artist. And we in so many ways arelike these beautiful works of art. We just tend to forget which is part ofbeing human.
All of us have been broken at some point in our lives and we have thescars to prove it. Our scars are what makes unique from other people because we all went through different trials and that’s what makes beautiful, we are all uniquely crafted by are creator.Just like the images above, God can use our brokenness, wounds, and failuresinto something beautiful if we allow Him to heal us and makes into betterversion of ourselves.That’s where our scars come into play, our scars tell the story of how we arehealed and how we overcame the storms in our lives so that we can share ourstory to others and help them see the beauty of what they are going trough.
I like how Jefferson Bethke explained this in his book:
“With Kintsugi, when something becomes broken, it doesn’t become less valuable. the golden-laced repair makes it more valuable.It doesn’t try to disguise the imperfections, but instead puts them on fulldisplay in all their beauty and glory.”
Our scars are our “golden-laced repair”, we have now become better versions of ourselves because what we wenthrough and the healing that we experienced. Don’t be afraid to show your scars as these are the reminders of many victories of the battles that you have won.