Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Cracked Pots

Read this in the Adult and Family Ministries Resource book, thought I would share it with all the other crack'ed' pots out there !

The Water Bearer

A water bearer in China had two large pots, hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pots was perfect and always 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 two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, 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 bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes my water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The bearer said to the pot, ‘did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautifulflowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, we would not have such beauty.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

That's what Grace is !


Liz said...

I love that story - shared it with the team at KAO last year, so quite timely that you should blog about it today - I love being cracked!

caldjr said...

thanks for sharing Ann. Sure i've got it in the collectamania somewhere but will reprint for use again. Happy to be cracked for Jesus!

Anonymous said...

Was trying to think of something for this weeks service at Thames View Lodge now I have something to work on - thanks for the idea