Speaking the Truth in Love


A water bearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole that he carried across his neck. One pot was cracked; the other delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house. The cracked pot arrived only half full.

This went on daily for two years. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, but the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and sad it could accomplish only half of what it was made to do.

It spoke to the water bearer one day. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer.

“I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack causes water to leak out. Because of my flaws, you have extra work,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old pot. He said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

As they went up the hill, the cracked pot saw the sun warming beautiful wildflowers on the side of the path. This cheered it some, but it still felt bad.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I took advantage of your flaw. I planted flowers on your side, and every day, you’ve watered them. For two years I have picked beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being as you are, he would not have this beauty.”

Each of us has unique flaws. We are all cracked pots, but it is cracks and flaws that make our lives together so interesting and rewarding. We have to take people for what they are and look for the good in them. There is a lot of good out there. There is a lot of good in you. —From Glenn Hitchcock

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

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