A Beautiful Flaw

The story is told of a man who collected water each day from the local stream. He carried the water in two clay pots hung on a pole resting across his shoulders. One of the pots had a crack in it and by the time he arrived at the house it was always half empty.

After two years the cracked pot felt so wretched at its failure to carry a full load that it apologized. The carrier, however, responded by saying, ‘Have you not noticed that there are only flowers on your side of the path? I’ve always known about your flaw, and so I planted seeds on the side of the path where I knew the water leaking from you would water them. Those flowers have brought beauty to my table.’

It is a fact of life that we live in a broken world and that each of us are flawed in some way. Sometimes all we can see is the brokenness and the damage that it causes. But the grace of God is such that when we submit ourselves to His loving touch, we may see instead that in fact our lives are producing great beauty that makes our world a better place.

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