Here is story that might remind us of our calling by God:
A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging at the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots 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 other pot had a crack in it, and by the time it reached its destination, it was only half full. Every day for two years the water bearer delivered only one and one-half pots of water to the master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments—perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it could accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do. After two years of what the imperfect pot perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer and said, “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer, “What are you ashamed of?”
“Well, for the past two years, I could only deliver half a load of water each day. The crack in my side allows water to leak back to the master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work without getting the value you deserve.”
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.” Indeed, as they travelled, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because half of its load had leaked out once again.
Then the bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path and not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I’ve always known about how you were created and took advantage of it by planting flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walked back from the stream, you watered those seeds, and for two years I have picked these beautiful flowers to decorate the master’s table. Without you being just what you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house.”
Always remember that all of us are cracked pots in someway and despite our perceived flaws God will use us to glorify the Kingdom of God
The Rev. Sunil Chandy+