Beauty from A Cracked Pot

Posted on: 7-15-112016

I read this a few days ago and thought it was worthy of sharing:

An elderly Chinese man had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it 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 hour, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the man bringing home only one and a half pots of water.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the man one day by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”  The old man smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted  flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

God has divinely designed each and every one of us.  He knows every single flaw we have. And He uses those flaws to create the most beautiful things.  We may see ourselves as useless, but God can take our mess and turn it into a masterpiece.  We may feel like we are not doing the job we were intended for, but God uses us with exact purposes in mind even when we don’t realize it.  Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed of your “cracks”…you may very well be providing the water someone else needs to survive and flourish.  You may never know the beauty you are creating, but God does and He is in awe of you.



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