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By Campus Pastor Bev Modlin, Walnut Ridge
I’d like to begin with the following parable from India:
A woman had two large pots. One hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One pot had a crack, and by the time she reached her master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
This daily routine continued. The perfect pot was so proud of its accomplishments, always delivering a full portion of water. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection.
After years of feeling bitter failure, one day the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer by the stream, “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”
The pot said, “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 master’s house. Because of my flaws, you are doing all this work, but you don't get full value from your efforts.”
The water bearer in her compassion said to the cracked pot, “As we return to the house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path. I have always known about your flaw, and I used it for good. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate. Without you being just the way you are, there would not have been beauty to grace the house.”
We, like the cracked pot, are unique with flaws. In the eyes of God, it’s not about our ability, but about our availability. Our Lord will turn our own unique cracks and flaws into blessings filled with meaning and purpose. It is in His grace that God will combine our cracks, flaws and gifts and use us in a way that brings glory to Him, and beauty in the lives of the residents, staff and yourself.
May you always see the beauty in how Christ brings joy to your path of life. God says in today’s Scripture verses:
My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. —1 Peter 4:10, NIV
Rev. Bev Modlin serves PHS as campus pastor at Walnut Ridge in Clive, Iowa. She is an ordained Presbyterian pastor and has served in eldercare, hospice, hospital and congregational settings. When she is not keeping busy with the Walnut Ridge residents, you can find her resting while watching Hallmark. She and Hubby Rick enjoy taking walks with their rescue dog and spending time with family, especially their grandkids.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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