Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What Are You Carrying, Accidentally On Purpose...

I have posted this before at another blog of mine. In reading it again I realize how relevant it still is, so I decided to post it here.
During my Internet travels, I ran across this poem by an unknown author and wanted to share!
An elderly Chinese woman had two
large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her 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 walks from
the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went
on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half
pots of water..

Of course, the perfect pot was
proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed
of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only
do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived
to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the

'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, 'Did you
notice that there are flowers on your side of the path,
but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because 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.'

For two years I have been able
to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way
you are, there would not be this beauty to
grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique
flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make
our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person
for what they are and look for the good in them.


From this poem I learned a lot about people but more importantly about MYSELF! I learned that I am flawed, I am imperfect, I am a work in progress, I am not 100%. BUT I also learned that GOD can take my little and create much. He can take my imperfections and create perfection. He can take my sorrow and turn it to joy!

God does not make mistakes. There are no ACCIDENTS. He has a plan and we are part of that plan.We have a PURPOSE in His Kingdom. He does things in His own way, by His design, and we do not have to understand it, just respect it!! The problem comes when we (HUMANS) try to understand, predict, dictate, and / or usurp GOD's intent. God DOES NOT need our help to create anything, HE IS GOD ALL BY HIMSELF!


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