There was once a man out playing catch. His glove was so broken-in that it could almost make the catch on its own without him doing much of anything.
The man realized that maybe having broken heart is more about having a broken-in heart. A broken heart can seem non-functional. But with a broken-in heart you are responsive to God, catching any message God throws your way.
As I read section three of the Doctrine and Covenants, I thought about this story. So far as we know, section three of the Doctrine and Covenants is the first revelation Joseph wrote down.
How is that for a starter of a book?
Joseph openly talks about his weaknesses, follies, failures, and chastisement from the Lord.
He doesn’t seem to mind that people might think less of him for it. He was humble, quick to admit fault, and quick to turn back to the Lord.
And maybe that is why God chose him. Because God wasn’t looking for a perfect person, but for someone who was continually looking towards The Perfect Person.
A man whose heart was broken-in, ready to catch anything God threw his way, whether that meant chastisement or instruction, and go to work.
Interestingly, the quickest way to break in a glove it submerging it in hot water and then applying oil.
I love this idea—because it takes consecrated heat for our hearts to be broken in as well.
May we each catch whatever the Lord throws our way today.
In order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord.NEILL MARRIOTT
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