Tuesday, October 21, 2008


A water bearer in a distant land 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 on 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 two whole 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 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. "Of what are you ashamed?"
"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 wildflowers 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, the pot 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 the 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 everyday 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 had this beauty to grace his house.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses." Therefore… I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me...for when I am weak, then I am strong. 1 Corinthians 12: 9-10

God can take the weaknesses and flaws that we see in ourselves

and use them in ways we would never imagine.


Our limitations become tools in His hands if we will only submit them to Him for His use.

Each of us has our own unique flaw.

We must accept each person for who they are and search for the good in them.

Remember to "smell the flowers" on your side of the path...

FROM ONE "CRACKED POT" TO ANOTHER ------- and have a great day!!


Pine Pod Farm said...

Very nice!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I have always loved that story and your flowers are lovely thanks for your kind words

Special K said...

I have seen this before...very good! Actually I heard it at a preschool conf this weekend with work!

Very touching! :)

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