6th November 2019

The Cracked Pot

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV)

In the last two weeks we have considered our reactions to adversity, whether we are like a potato which falls to pieces, like an egg that becomes rigid and unforgiving or like coffee beans that use adversity to change life for the better. We have considered that life is like a cup of coffee with the cup being our outward appearance but that it is what’s inside that counts. When choosing among the cups, people like the best, biggest and most beautiful and nobody wants the chipped or cracked cups. Which reminds me of another story I heard:

An elderly woman walked each day to the stream to fetch water in the two pots she carried from a pole resting on her shoulders. One of the pots had a crack in it and each day arrived only half full. One day the cracked pot, aware of its imperfections and feeling like a failure, said, “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 and said, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. We love the beautiful flowers that decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Like the cracked pot, each of us has our own unique flaws and imperfections. But it can be the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You just have to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. And what is inside us? In Galatians 2:20 Paul says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” It is Christ in us that makes coffee out of life that grinds us and dumps us in hot water, or grows flowers along our paths even though we are ‘crackpots’!

Prayer
Father in heaven, how amazing that you love each of us despite our flaws and imperfections, and that you can use those flaws for good. Help us to allow Christ in us to flow out through those cracks to grow flowers and bring beauty to the world.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox
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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

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