A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on either end of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack along its side while the other pot was perfectly made. It’s seamless craftsmanship always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, while 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; it proved to be 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 finally 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 water bearer, “What are you ashamed of?”
“I have only been able, for these past two years, to deliver half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak 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 smiled wisely at the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to pay attention to the beauty 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 journey home, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its contents. Again it apologized to the water bearer for its failure.
The water bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, and none 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 their beauty to grace his house.”
Monday Morning Perspective
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
– Helen Keller
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.”
– W. Clement Stone
I know that each of us have our own unique flaws. We’re all “cracked pots”. But I believe that if we will allow it, our Creator will use our flaws to grace the lives of others.
In His great economy, nothing goes to waste and there are no damaged goods if we can surrender ourselves to a purpose higher than our own.
As you are called to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, allow Him to take advantage of them, and then you can be the cause of beauty along the pathway that He has set for you. Go out boldly- knowing that in our weakness we can rely on His strength, and that in finding our purpose we will truly find the very best of ourselves.
We can’t be perfect, but we can be purposeful!
In the spirit of Easter, have a wonderfully, purpose-full week!
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