15 May “A Cracked Pot”
There once was a man who made his living carrying water in two large pots. Each pot hung on a pole, which he carried across his neck. One pot was perfect and never leaked, but the other pot was cracked, leaky, and would arrive at his master’s house only half filled.
Now, these pots talked to each other! One pot bragged, “I am perfect and always deliver all my load to my Master.” The cracked pot was miserable and filled with shame. The Master asked the cracked pot, “Why are you always filled with such shame?” The response was, “These last two years, I have only been able to deliver half my load, while the other pot has always delivered a full load.”
The water bearer felt bad and comforted the cracked pot by saying, “Notice the beautiful flowers along the way. Did you notice”, said the water bearer, “that along the road home there are beautiful flowers all the way? That is because I knew of your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I have planted flower seeds on your side. 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.”
You may be a cracked pot, but our Heavenly Father knows that. He has a beautiful dream for you. In His Kingdom, Father God does not want you to be ashamed of who you are with all your flaws.
In the parable of the ten talents, Jesus did not condemn the one talent man for only having one talent. He called him lazy and wasteful, because he did not wisely use what talent God had given him.
I have learned some secrets along the way about cracked pots:
- We should be very graceful and non-judgmental about other’s weaknesses.
- Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. God doesn’t want carbon copy people.
- Jesus loves you. He can help you, even with all your imperfections, to become such a beautiful part of His Kingdom.
- Jesus specializes in giving grace to us all.
Rejoice in the fact you are a bona fide cracked pot!