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The Cracked Pot

A water-bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on one end of a 
pole which he carried across his shoulders. One of the pots had a 
crack in it, but the other pot was perfect. The perfect pot 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.
This went on daily for two years with the bearer delivering only one 
and one-half pots of water to his master's house.
Of course the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. 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 spoke 
to the water-bearer. "I am ashamed of myself, and want to apologize 
to you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of."
"For the past two years," the pot said, "I have been able to deliver 
only half my load because this crack allows the water to leak out as 
we travel. You don't get full value for your efforts."
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 cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the 
beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. This cheered it some, 
but at the end of the trail, it still felt sad because it had leaked 
out half its load.
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers 
only on your side of the path, but not on the perfect pots side? 
That's because I have always known of your flow, and 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've 
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."
Each of us has our unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we 
allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

"Neither doctrinal purity nor diligent labor will ever be a substitute for passionate devotion to God."

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