Thursday, November 6, 2008

THANKFUL THURSDAY...cracked pots

Today on THANKFUL THURSDAY, I am offering up thanks for cracked pots. I know what you are thinking ... that I have lost my mind and very possibly I AM a cracked pot. I am not speaking of that kind of a cracked pot.

If life was like a flower pot ... what would yours reveal? Would your contents be visible to others? Or would the light of Christ be hidden, like pots without cracks.

If a light is put within a flawless pot and then covered up - nobody would be able to see the light inside the pot. Perfect pots are not able to reveal the internal light for others to see.

God chooses to shine through imperfect, cracked pots. (now, that's a new way to look at being a Christian-huh?)People will be blessed when our cracked pots allow the light of Jesus shine through.

PSALM 69:6b "Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel."

It is my desire to be a glory-filled, cracked pot rather than an empty, pretty vessel.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
ARE YOU A CRACKED POT?

Iris of GRACE ALONE is our host of THANKFUL THURSDAY. Click HERE to find more grateful hearts!


29 comments:

Cheryl said...

Laurie,

Most definitely I am a cracked pot! He's still working on me!

Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl

Denise said...

I am truly a cracked pot, God is not finished with me yet.

Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie...You read my FYI Break post...so you already know that I am a cracked pot...and praying for that light to shine through...Thank you for sharing this particular example & being thankful for us cracked imperfect pots that He still works on, molds & forms into ALL He created us to be in Him & thru Him!
Enjoy your TT & the ministry you offer so many through your blog, your prayer place & your church! God loves you & so do I! I'm thankful for your words that shone lightness over me at my place!

Melanie said...

Oh, yea... I'm definitely a cracked pot! :)

Willow said...

I have lots of cracks in my pot! This is a TERRIFIC analogy! thank you so much!

Serendipity said...

LOL this is really funny but very apt. I'm a cracked pot too. I'm thankful that God is so patient in helping me work on my cracks. God bless!

Ann said...

I had the same thought when carving pumpkins last week: http://morequestionsthana.blogspot.com/2008/11/more-pumpkin-carving-thoughts.html

Debra said...

Laurie,

What a beautiful post. And count me in as a cracked pot too!

Blessings to you!

Lynn said...

Hi Laurie,

Delightful.. I am a double cracked pot and so thankful I am. LOVED your post. Have a wonderful TT. Hugs

Jennifer said...

I am without a doubt a cracked pot...probably being held together with duck tape somedays...like today. I promise, I didn't read your until after I posted mine...God is still working on me.

queenygirltara said...

Being a "cracked pot" is my life's ambition...I like your example of letting the light shine through. Makes me think of TobyMac's Burn For You...

Grammy said...

Wonderful post. And amazing story. I love your cracked pot is that were you got the ideal?
Have a wonderful week.
Grammy

BJ said...

I am happy to be an extremely cracked pot. I loved your post.

UKZoe said...

Oh I have a fantastic story telling story about a cracked pot and the water it leaks creating a flower garden.

Cheryl said...

I am definitely a "cracked pot". God is always working on me and I am so thankful HE doesn't give up on me. Thanks for a great post. Happy Thankful Thursday.

Schotzy said...

I'm a cracked pot and glad of it! Thanks for the analogy and the post! I stand with you!

gen/entry said...

Yes i am a crack pot always ready to shine...TC

Susan said...

Oh yes, I'm a cracked pot too.

Thank God for God's amazing love and mercy, and it's new for each day.

Happy TT♥

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

BEAUTIFUL thankful Thursday post! I LOVED it!

Laurie Ann said...

Oh, girl, I am practically shattered! I loved this post. It really resonated in my heart to be hyper-aware to let more of His light shine! Happy Thankful Thursday!

Daniel's Mom said...

I just got to say Amen! Wow, that was powerful Laurie. That is something not said a lot now days. We're told to be perfect or God can't use us. He takes the available and equips them. God Bless!

Debbie said...

What a great lesson! I am very much a cracked pot but am so glad the Lord has chosen to use me. Count me very thankful.

Named Alicia said...

Oh, I am definitely a cracked pot! But, I hope that others can see Jesus through that crack. Thanks for the beautiful post!

Nancie said...

Great post, Laurie. What a wonderful way to look at how shines forth His light through our broken lives! Surely He is working all things for His glory and our good. Thanks for helping me to get this new perspective which affirms God's sovereignty and love. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

Thank you I needed this so much. This week I showed a side of myself to my co-workers that was not Christ Like and I am ashamed. I was not shining my light.

God Chaser said...

I found this story several years ago and about crack pots thought I would share. I share it sometimes with some of the women I counsel.
Crack Pots
a folk tale about a water bearer in India who had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his 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 walk from the stream to the 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 to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. 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 2 yrs 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. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your 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 bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered 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."

I am a cracked pot.

Peggy said...

Hey Laurie...I forgot to invite you back for my TT & to honor me by being a recipient of the BUTTERFLY AWARD!

You know you are one of the coolest blogs of the 10 I listed! And anyone who can be a cracked pot, has also been transformed into the most beautiful butterfly! You have given me words of hope & encouragement often & you flow with new life of the Holy Spirit flourishing through you & your ministry! I appreciate you & this is my thanks!

Pia said...

i am a cracked pot.

and i am a work in progress. thank God that He sees me useful in spite of my imperfections. God bless you. ♥

Kathie said...

I am definitely a cracked pot and He still has such alot of work to do on me. Wonderful post.
Blessings from Costa Rica