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« on: April 27, 2003, 06:41:39 PM »

The Cracked Pot

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 master's house. 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 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 master's 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 master's 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 pot's 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 master's 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, our flaws will be used to grace His Father's table. In God's 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.

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2003, 07:35:59 AM »

Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

I liked it! Thank you brother.

There is another way to take this. How many of us are crackpots?  Smiley I needed a little grin. I'll be the first to be a crackpot.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2003, 08:20:09 AM »

cracked you say?

i`m jest crackers  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2003, 02:05:19 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

I liked it! Thank you brother.

There is another way to take this. How many of us are crackpots?  Smiley I needed a little grin. I'll be the first to be a crackpot.

In Christ,

Tom

LOL Bro, same here Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2003, 02:06:25 PM »

cracked you say?

i`m jest crackers  Cheesy


AAAAAAAAAAAAMEN  Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2003, 02:08:47 PM »

God Knows

When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts...
God knows how hard you have tried.

When you've cried so long and your heart is in anguish...


God has counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by...


God is waiting with you.

When you're lonely and your friends are too busy even for a phone
call...

God is by your side.

When you think you've tried everything and don't know where to turn...

God has a solution.

When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated...


God has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope...


God has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for...


God has blessed you.

When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe...


God has smiled upon you.

When you have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to follow...


God has opened your eyes and called you by name.

Remember that wherever you are or whatever you're facing...


GOD KNOWS! ! !

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2003, 02:12:23 PM »

God First

AND AS THOSE DAYS TURN INTO YEARS,
YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF WRAPPED UP IN THE WORLD,OR WELLED UP WITH TEARS.
LEAN NOT TO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING,
BUT UNTO THE WORD OF GOD.
FROM THOSE WORDS YOU WILL GATHER STRENGTH WHEN THE TIMES GET HARD.
LOVE EVERYONE
AS YOU SURELY LOVE YOURSELF.
AFTER THESE WORLDLY THINGS PASS AWAY,
YOU'LL OBTAIN A DIFFERENT WEALTH.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
KEEP IN CONTACT WITH THE LORD
FOR THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS BUSY,
HE'S WAITING FOR YOU TO DROP YOUR GUARD.
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
DON'T GIVE ANY LESS THAN YOUR BEST.
BECAUSE GOD DON'T LIKE HALF STEPPING
AND YOU'LL MISS OUT ON BEING BLESSED.
IN HIS NAME THERE IS ASSURANCE
IF YOU JUST BELIEVE
BUT YOU MUST PUT GOD BEFORE YOU
THEN YOU WILL SUCCEED.

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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2003, 02:26:25 PM »

"It is the heart that makes
a man rich.

He is rich according to what
he is, not according to what he has."
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Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

Amen! Thank you brother.

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Oklahoma Howdy to Ambassador4Christ,

Amen! Thank you brother.

In Christ

 Welcome Bro  Grin
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