Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

Broken Crayons Still Color Beautiful Pictures

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New crayons have a unique smell. They remind me of the first day of school when everything is new and clean. The waxy points are sharp, and the paper wrappers are unmarred.

After a few weeks of use, the crayon box shows wear and the color’s sharp points have worn to a rounded nub.

But you know what I have found out?

Broken crayons still draw beautiful pictures.

The artwork created with those broken crayons looks as good as pictures colored with crayons that were fresh out of the box.

The vibrant colors haven’t changed.

The product they produce is still the same.

The reason?

The creator of the picture is still the same.

Even though a born-again person has been renewed in the spirit, the brokenness of souls (mind, will and emotions) and bodies can still affect what we do and think when we retain the image of a broken crayon.  We will feel useless and ugly.

When our children or grandchildren give us a picture from a coloring book we will stick that masterpiece to our refrigerator front no matter what it looks like. We are proud of the artwork little hands drew especially for us. We don’t stop to ponder whether the crayons used were broken or new. And while the page may not look like much to others, to us it is beautiful because it came from our child.

God uses broken people to accomplish His will. He doesn’t throw us out because we aren’t perfect. He colors with our lives and He thinks the picture is beautiful.

Adam and Eve were the first broken crayons from the perfect box God made. Instead of discarding His creation, the Lord drew a plan with the colors of His hand that would expand into eternity.

More broken pieces followed as their descendants failed time and again.

Abraham lied about his wife twice (Genesis 12:13; 20:2).

Isaac followed in his father’s footsteps and lied about his wife (Genesis 26:7).

Jacob deceived his brother (Genesis 27).

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:27-28).

Moses killed an Egyptian and later disobeyed God and wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land (Exodus 2:12; Numbers 20:12).

Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 2).

Samson left the guidance of God (Judges 16).

Ruth worshipped false gods (Ruth 1).

David committed adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11).

Solomon’s heart turned from the Lord after marrying heathen women (1 Kings 11).

Peter denied Christ (Matthew 26:69-74).

Thomas refused to believe without proof (John 20:25).

Paul persecuted Christians (Acts 8:1; 9:1).

Many other examples of frail humanity are told in the Bible.

And then there’s me.  I have failed more times than I want to remember.  But, thankfully, God still loves me and doesn’t throw away this broken crayon. He still colors with me.

We inherited a sin nature and we were born broken. Jesus was born perfect but became broken—not because of His sin, but because of ours.

The blood of Jesus colors the palette of grace God extends to us. While we exist in the flesh as broken crayons, a new box of Crayola’s is our inheritance. When we acknowledge God’s strength despite our frail humanity, He will keep the image of brokenness from marring our identity.

The next time you feel like a useless, broken crayon, remember you are in the box with all the rest of the broken colors. God uses that rainbow to build His kingdom.

I’m glad broken crayons still color beautiful pictures.


Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. A very special message. Thank you. Yes, I am a broken crayon and God can still use me to glorify Him. 🙂

  2. Thank you.

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