"The Cracked Pot"
[Author Unknown]

11-24-99 SOW Seeds Service from Church Within #59

Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The
Church Within Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

Undoubtedly some of you have already seen this Story... Some have not. It made the list rounds close to a year ago before I got a chance to use it as a Story of the Week. But it is a story I loved, and a story I wished to be in our SOW Seeds Archives... so I Saved it... for Today. It contains a Great Truth... one that Many of us need to be reminded of... Frequently.

Also, I had an Interesting experience while writing today's follow-up Prayer. It's almost a story of it's Own... Go Figure.

This week's SOW Seeds - #59 , contributed by: Karen Larsen

Story of the Week

"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 masters 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 in his masters 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 masters 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 masters 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 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 the Pot 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 pots 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 masters 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 will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Fathers table. In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I've got a "Crack" I'd like to talk to you about. Somehow You've always managed to get through my Thick Skull and show me how to incorporate other flaws into artistic expression, but This one seems to defy my attempts to integrate it. I Just can't see any Use for it.
        It's the Crack of Impatience. I tried Praying for Patience. Once... Woah! Won't do THAT again! You gave me Unlimited Opportunities to Exercise it!
        But then again, I guess I Have Learned patience in a few areas that used to cause me a great deal of frustration. They don't Bother me anymore. In fact... I have discovered that they now lead me into opportunities for Service and Love. I Like that!
        AND then... after a time... I discover that there are many other areas in my life where Impatience still has a hold. Like... Couldn't we just try to Patch the whole thing or sumpthin'? Fill it in and forGet about it for a while? The Crack's too big to fill in all at once? Yeah... I Guess you got a Point there. It would never Hold, Would it? Oh yes... now I see. We have already filled IN a good portion of the crack. That Decoration we were making was actually filling in the Crack at the Same time... Wasn't it? So... I guess I Still gotta keep taking it One Step at a Time? Yeah... I was aFraid of that.
        OK... but could you at Least show me how Impatience has Served me in all of this? It would Sure Help. Huh? Yes... I See! It Has kept me in Motion at least, Hasn't it? It Certainly won't let me sit Still for very long. It Has been the Kick in the Backside that has ousted me from complacency a few times.
        OK...OK... I'm startin' to see a Pattern here. Impatience has often---maybe Always--- been the Drive to move Forward... to Grow... to Create! OK! NOW I think I know what to Pray for!
        Dear God, transform my Impatience into the Drive for Discovery... for Exploration of the Unknown... for Experience... for Growth!
        Yeah... Yeah! That aughta' do It!

Thanks for the Talk God! Talk to ya again Soon...

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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