Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bread For The Journey



"A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the 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 one-half pots of water to his master's house.
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 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 my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house." (author unknown)

2 Corinthians 4:6,7(NIV)
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
I have a copy of this story pinned on my bulletin board in my office. It is a good reminder that we are cracked, broken and flawed but God can use us just the way we are. We need to allow God's light to shine through these flaws to be able to help and encourage others.
God takes our brokenness and makes us useful for his Glory.

How can we use our flaws and brokenness to help others this week? 

7 comments:

  1. Reminds me even that my cracks and flaws serve a purpose.

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  2. Thank you for the reminder that the Lords uses us in ways we will never understand until we reach our final destination
    Bless you

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  3. This is such a great story and example of how God works in mysterious ways - in spite of our brokenness!

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  4. Thank you so much.

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  5. a good reminder of how God works through us. thanks

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  6. This story gives me chills! Great choice :)

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