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September 24, 2007, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

We’re all cracked pots

Pastor Philip Geoffrion, Albion Evangelical Free Church, Rural Cokato

The story is told of a water bearer in India who 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 delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years, this went on daily, with the water bearer delivering only one and one-half pots full of water to his house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments – perfect 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, the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because the crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your 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.

But the bearer replied to the pot, “Did you not notice that there are 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 planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walked back, you’ve watered 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 my house.”

There’s a moral reminder for us here. We all have specific flaws. No one is perfect.

We’re all cracked pots. But it’s the cracks and the flaws that make us individuals, and enable us to live together in ways that are rewarding and interesting.

God has made us unique. We are one of a kind. He knows our abilities and disabilities. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.

He loves us just the way we are. He wants us to submit ourselves to His will and be used in His service as He sees fit.

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Blessed are those who accept others with their imperfections, for they will be accepted for who and what they are.

Blessed are those who look for the good in others, for they will surely find it.

Blessed are those who give others the benefit of the doubt, for others will assume the best in them.

Blessed are those who refuse to allow their inadequacies and imperfections to cause them to despair, compare, or conclude that they are no use to their Maker, for they will be used to bring beauty and goodness to their world.

Blessed are those who are thankful that God uses imperfect people in his kingdom work, for they will be satisfied cracked pots.

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