I don’t know about you but I struggle with having a purpose sometimes,
Or let me try to explain that.
I doubt that what I am doing is good enough, or what I am doing is what God has called me too.
It’s gotten better over the past couple years as I have realized that if the Lord wanted me somewhere else,
Doors would have opened.
I have also come to realize that I thought if I wasn’t doing something ‘great’ with my life then it wasn’t good enough. If I wasn’t going to be known or make a world changing difference then my life wasn’t going to be lived to the fullest.
However, the other day I read this story and it has made a lot of sense.
So here it is:
A waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her 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 mistress’s 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 her master’s house.
The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end 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 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 mistress’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 her compassion she said, “As we return to the mistress’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 it 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 the 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 mistress’s table. Without you being just the way you are, she would not have this beauty to grace her house.”
It has humbled me to realize that regardless of what I am doing, if I am continually being faithful to do what I am a steward over, somehow the Lord will use it for His glory.
He uses us all for beautifully different purposes, He can use my flaws and my cracks for something beautiful, all we must do is continually let Him use us.
You see, what if that pot one day said, ‘No.’ That since it had a crack in it, it didn’t want to do anything, it just wanted to sit there, those beautiful flowers would have not been watered.
It is the same for us,
How we are making a difference may not always look how we picture it, rarely it will look how we want it too or think it would,
But our God is faithful, and He is good.
And if we just continue to let Him use us, regardless of the cracks we see in ourselves, He will do something beautiful with it.
I was watching the movie, “the Fault in our Stars.”
And one of the main characters was dying from cancer and was angry that he wouldn’t be known by millions, that he wasn’t going to be famous, that he wasn’t going to go down in history for something.
The other main character, she looked at him, saying, “Is being loved and loving not enough for you? You say you’re not special because the world doesn’t know about you, but that’s an insult to me. I know about you. Why do you need the world to know about you for your life to count as something?”
They said a few other things I can’t remember but I realized something great from these two,
We all have something within us that wants to be known,
We want to have a purpose,
We want to change the world,
We want to do something worth remembering.
But what if we started with living a full life right where we are, doing what we are doing and realizing that God can use us greatly right where we are, just like the cracked pot, it may not be how we expect it to be, but if we are faithful to keep walking with Him, looking to Him and letting Him use us, He can make something beautiful out of even our cracked lives.
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
Because I am continually wanting to leave a mark in this world, and have struggled with thinking that my little life isn’t worth much if I am not out there changing it in big ways.
But the Lord quieted my heart, reminding me that it isn’t about doing great big things, it is about being faithful with what I have been given. It isn’t about being out there and being known, it is about doing all that I do, to make Him known.
It isn’t about me receiving glory or making a name for myself, but rather letting His name be exalted, being praised, being spoken.
How easy it is in our day an age to think that we have to do something big, extravagant, to be worthwhile, to live a full life.
What if we lived, loving those we see, those we know, those we meet, with such deep agape love?
What if we steward our jobs well, doing it not for men but for Gods glory?
What if we loved our families and honoured them?
What if we lived a life where others were able to see that purpose is not in doing big things, but living a life seeking first His Kingdom and righteousness, allowing Him to use the places in our lives, where we aren’t perfect, and do something we may not even realize?
Because it isn’t about us and sometimes that is hard to understand or grasp.
But whatever I do in this life, it is all for Him and for His Kingdom.
Whether small or great in the world’s eye, I can only imagine that God see’s thing different.
He did send His Son in a lowly state, not one, while on earth was being exalted and loved by all.
May our God be gracious to you, reminding you that as you yield to Him, even in your brokenness and with your flaws, He can use you for His glory. He can making something beautiful from what we see as flaws. I pray that He would continue to humble you, reminding you that the life you are to live is one laid down. May He continue to open your eyes to see as He sees, softening your heart to love as He loves and yielding you through the Holy Spirit to live a life worthy of the gospel of His Son Jesus Christ.
May we no longer look to where we can do something great, but looking to the Lord in how He wants to use us, right now, today.
I believe that you can do something beautiful, because He who lives in you can use you, in all your flaws, insecurities and cracks – for something far beyond what you can see.
You are able to do something that will last for eternity – may you look to Him and be humbled, acknowledging that it doesn’t matter if you do something great in the eyes of the world if it is not for Him.
Because whether you are remembered greatly by man or not, you can be known by God for humbly serving Him everyday of your life.
I would rather be known by God than by men.