THE CRACKED POT
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which
he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the
other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end
of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived
only half full.
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For a full two years this went on
daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full
of water in his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was
proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection,
and miserable that it was able to ac-complish only half of what
it had been
made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter
it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am
ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." "Why?" asked
the bearer." What are you ashamed of?" "
have been able, for these past two years, to
deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to
leak out all the way back to your master's house."
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you
to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went
up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful
wild flowers on the side of the path!
The bearer said to the pot, "Did
you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not
on the other pot's side?
That's because I have always known about your flaw, and
I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,
and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate
master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have
this beauty to grace his house."
Each of us has our own unique flaws.
We are all cracked pots and if we will allow it,
the Lord will use
our flaws to
grace His Father's table!!
THIS TO A FRIEND
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