During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32  (ESV)

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)

The Cracked Water Pot

Linda Romarion – Church Administrator

This is a story my mother gave me many years ago. It is one of my favorites.

The author is anonymous.

The Cracked Water Pot.

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 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 2 years this went on daily. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it was only able to accomplish half of what it had been made to do. The cracked pot said he was ashamed as he was only able to deliver half of his load every day.

The water bearer felt compassion for the old cracked pot and said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path. Did you 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 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 have watered these seeds. For 2 years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers. Without you being the way you are we would never have had this beauty in our lives.”

Moral:  Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives so very interesting and rewarding. We are all unique in God’s eyes and each of us has so many gifts if we just take time to see them. How boring and uninteresting our lives would be without the cracked pots.

Remember to appreciate all of the unique people God has put in your life.

Prayer: Thank God for your uniqueness and the many gifts God had given you.  Thank God for the many gifts given to those around you.