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The Cracked Pot

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.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of
course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect
to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was
ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able
to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two
years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, 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?”

“I 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. Because of my flaws,
you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from
your efforts,” the pot said.

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, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still
felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it
apologized to the bearer for its failure.

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

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 my 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’re all cracked pots. But
if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s

In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to
the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your

Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them,
and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength.

– Source Unknown

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