The Cracked Pot


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Often when we compare ourselves to others, we feel that we are 'not enough'. The story below illustrates how, even with all our flaws, God uses us for purposes we may not be aware of.


An elderly woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk home from the stream where she collected water, the cracked pot arrived only half full. This continued for two years, each day the woman arrived home with only one and a half pots of water.

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 could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “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. Every day while we walk back, you water 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 the house.”

When we compare our achievements to those of others, we are looking through the lens of our own perspective.

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. God puts our flaws to good use.  You may think, like the cracked pot, that you are inefficient or useless in certain areas of your life, but our flaws can turn out to be a blessing.

It’s the cracks and flaws that each of us has that make our lives interesting and rewarding. Look around and see the lives that you have ‘watered’.

What hidden blessings are you carrying?