A water bearer in China 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 andalways 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 oneand a half pots full of water to his masters house. Of course, the perfect potwas proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, andmiserable 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? What are you ashamed of?
"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half myload because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the wayback to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all ofthis work, and you dont 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 sunwarming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheeredit 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 pots side?"
Thats because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantageof it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, youve watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decoratemy 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 customized flaws and imperfections, if we didn’twe would be like God. God see our flaws as something beautiful to Him. He can work through our flaws and use them for His glory. In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste.
You were given the gift of a handicap to keep you in constant touch with yourlimitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get you down; what he in fact did waspush you to your knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first, you didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it.
Goad said, ―My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.‖ Once you heard this, you will be glad to let ithappen. You quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.
It was a case of God’s strength moving in on your weakness. Now you take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations cutyou down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. You just let God take over! And so the weaker you get, the stronger you become.
The next time you’re complaining about your imperfections or flaws– don’t. Through our imperfections, God show us how great and how strong He is. Consider your flaws and imperfections a blessing.
So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you tothe tasks He has appointed for you, dont be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, andyou, 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 Gods promises is a Yes."
Those who have not yet accepted their own imperfection are the first ones to judge and criticize the faults of others.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but bylearning to see an imperfect person perfectly. Do your best!!! Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn
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