It was a stormy day when classes were suspended. Students were already in school and on their second period. A mother received an SMS message advising parents to pick up their children immediately.
The eldest son was at home during that time and volunteered to fetch his younger brothers from school. When the eldest son came back home, he arrived with only his brother in grade school. He told his parents his other brother who is in high school decided to stay in school to help his friends with their dance practice.
A few minutes later, the mother received a phone call from her son’s adviser. The teacher told her how her son broke one of the walls in school, and so he will be subjected to investigation.
Surprised, shocked, and stunned upon receiving that call, the parents immediately prayed and waited for their son to go home.
When the son arrived, he was so pale and nervous. His parents immediately embraced him. He nervously narrated what transpired at school. He said that while he and his friend were waiting for their other friends to finish what they were doing, they decided to play by kicking the wall.
He saw his friend doing it in another wall and found it so cool! So he tried it himself, and to his surprise, he broke the wall. Nobody saw what happened except him and his friend.
He said the two of them could have easily hid and walked away as if nothing happened. But there was a great prodding in his heart to report the incident to his class adviser. Despite of knowing the possible consequences of his action, he reported the incident to his teacher and admitted his fault.
He cried and felt extremely sorry about what happened. He was so concerned that his parents will get angry at him. He is also especially worried that the school will automatically disqualify him from becoming an honor student. As per school regulations, any student who destroys a school property will merit such disqualification.
During their conversation, the father said to his son, “We admire you for being honest and upholding integrity when you reported yourself to the teacher despite of the possible consequences. What you have done is more honorable than being an honor student!”
These words deeply touched their son’s heart. The phrase “more honorable that an honor student” was a great encouragement to him. He then realized that even if he made a big mistake because he was quick to obey the prodding in his heart to report himself to proper authorities, he still received honor from his father.
During their conversation, the parents shifted their focus on what the son did right rather than what he did wrong. The father then asked him, “What do you think you can learn from the broken wall? There must be a reason. You need to know why.”
With a long pause and tears flowing continually on his cheeks, he said while sobbing, “I thank God for the broken wall! It was a great wake up call for me. The Lord has been talking to me about my mistakes, especially my disobedience, and I simply ignored it. The final test was when Kuya fetched me and I insisted to stay instead of going home. Kuya even warned me and said, ‘Do not blame me if something wrong will happen if you will not go home.’ True enough, something wrong happened.”
The son even stressed, “For a long period of time, God has been reminding me to always obey my parents. The broken wall is a consequence of my disobedience. If only obeyed, I believe I should have not broken the wall.”
He started confessing his other faults to his parents and asked for their forgiveness. The father embraced him tightly; the son helplessly hung unto to his father in shame. He said, “Dad, I’ve really blown it. I’ve made a terrible mistake. Please forgive me.”
His father said, “You are forgiven. Learn from it and do not be discouraged. We are here for you. Despite of what happened, still study well and aim to get the grade required of an honor student. Even if you will not be called to go up the stage to receive a medal because of disqualification, for us you’re still an honor student. The lessons you have learned is more valuable than a medal. Always remember the lesson of the broken wall.”
Many people today cannot unleash their highest potential because of inability to ask for forgiveness. They cannot move on and give their best because they stayed in guilt and shame. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
The broken wall incident took place during the first grading period. Results of investigation came and it was confirmed that the incident merited a disqualification from the honor roll. The parents respected and honored the school’s decision.
At the end of the school year, the son, consumed with lesson from the broken wall, not discouraged till the end, amazingly achieved the required grade of an honor student. He was not called to go up the stage to be given a medal because of the disqualification. For him the lesson of the broken wall is far more important than the medal.
The same is true in life. We may not receive recognition on earth for the things we have done, for the mistakes we have corrected, but remember with God it is recognized.
Just like that son who broke the wall, made so many mistakes, blown it many times, but asked and earned forgiveness from his parents, you too have a Father in heaven that can forgive you if you ask for forgiveness. Remember, nothing you have done is too much for the mercy of God. You can still unleash your highest potential even when you stumble and fall.
Our heavenly Father is not looking for ways to condemn you when you have broken a wall. You need to understand that God is waiting for you. The moment you take one step towards Him, your Father will come running to you. God doesn’t simply want to restore you. He will give you a new beginning.
That’s just the way God is. Even when we make mistakes, even when we bring harm to ourselves, God is so good when we listen and obey Him. He will receive us back and make something great out of our mistakes.
One more thing: the son could not have experienced the broken wall had he decided to obey. The Lord is so gracious for giving us a promise on how things may go well with us. The Scriptures say in Ephesians 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with a promise, ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’”
However, when faced with a broken wall, do not be discouraged. Learn from it. Obey God and follow His precepts and He will fix whatever wall you have broken.
Go and unleash the power of your broken wall!
(Excerpted from Avelynn Garcia’s upcoming book Unleash Your Highest Potential)
Avelynn Regalado-Garcia is currently the Executive Vice President of Unleash International Corporation, a high-tech, high-touch, high-impact training company whose main mission is to unleash the highest potential in people towards success, happiness, and significance. For more than 20 years now, she passionately conducts seminars, workshops, conference, and conventions for top local and multinational companies, schools, and organizations in the country and abroad.