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Friday, July 20, 2007

ARE YOU FEELING USELESS AND NOT WORTHY ENOUGH?

Like the title question... are you? well if you are, I believe this will cheer you up a great deal. when I stumbled on the this parable online I was really touched, it made me feel great and I know it will make you feel great too, especially if you are coming from a place is that difficult , you have had life tough, you have been told you are not good enough, made to feel inadequate for the good things of life. I am talking about those who don't know where life is leading them yet they are still holding on. But if you are about to give up please read this story and lets see what God will do in your life in Jesus Mighty Name Amen.

PARABLE OF THE CRACKED POT

Author unknown

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and 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.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end 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, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's 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.

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 old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the other side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side?"

“That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I 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 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."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

In God's economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek to minister together, and as God leads you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don't be afraid of your flaws.

Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength, and that "In Him every one of God's promises is a Yes."

4 Readers Commented:

  1. Anonymous22:02

    Thank you. This story made me cry... but they were much needed tears.

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  3. This is a great post. Your blog is very thought provoking. I enjoy reading it :)#
    Suzy.

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  4. Anonymous16:29

    It brought a tear to my eye as well and helped me to realize I shouldn't let go of my dreams just because of my bad feelings. :) Thanks.

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