Hugo & Brokeness

Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.


While I was watching Hugo that quote really took a [good] stab at me.  If you haven’t seen the movie, Hugo is a young boy who lost his father, his drunken uncle who took him in, understands the inner working parts of a clock, and mans the clocks at a Parisian train station.  During the movie he uncovers the past life of an older man who owns the toy store located within the train station by becoming friends with his daughter figure.  And adventure is had while Hugo struggles to hold on to his dad’s memory, staying away from the authority figures so as not to be put away in an orphanage, and beginning a friendship with a girl whose guardian has a mysterious past.

I don’t believe Martin Scorcese intended to make a 20something lady reflect on life, losing purpose, and feeling broken.

There have been several times in my short little life that I’ve felt like I’ve lost my purpose.  I can’t say I felt broken, but upon hearing this said I could admit that during those times I was broken.  I knew deep down in my heart that I wasn’t doing what I was suppose to or was meant to do during that time.  I lost focus.  I lost track of time.  My priorities were unorganized.  I lacked peace.  My mind, spirit, emotions, and heart were a mess!


Broken – adjective

  • reduced to fragments; fragmented
  • ruptured; torn; fractured
  • not functioning properly; out of working order
  • changing direction abruptly

Does this sound familiar?

I‘m thankful that I rediscovered my purpose.  I know there are some rough days; but none the less, there are plans for me that have been put forth and that were spoken into my life.  Plans that give me a purpose to move forward and never feel broken.  A purpose that keeps me functioning and in working order.


“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   – Jeremiah 29:11

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  Philippians 2:13

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose…” – Exodus 9:16

I have purpose because of love.  Unconditional love.  When you have unconditional love you are not broken, but fully functioning.


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