Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Cracked Pot


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"Do we need this?"

My husband, cleaning the garage, was holding a broken clay flowerpot.

"Yes!"

As he shook his head, I explained.  "When we plant flowers in containers, we put a layer of broken clay at the bottom of the pot for drainage.  It helps keep the roots from getting waterlogged."

Even though it's broken, it's still useful.

We're all broken when we come to Christ.  God picks up the pieces and makes us whole.  I think, though, that He allows us to keep our imperfections.  To the world this looks like weakness, but--like everything the Lord does--it has a purpose.

Maybe, while God makes us whole in Him, He leaves us broken to the eyes of the world so that others can recognize themselves in us.  "If He did it for her, maybe He'd do it for me."

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And even though we're flawed, God can use us.  As He pours His love into us, it continuously flows out to the people around us.  We can't contain it.  We can't be selfish and keep it all for ourselves.  It just doesn't work.

Our flaws are not weaknesses, but tools in the hands of God.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses .... For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Cor. 9-10)




5 comments :

  1. "Our flaws are tools..." That's something I need to appreciate more. It's so hard to be grateful about our weak spots, but I know you're right (and Paul, too!) that God uses all parts of us, even the broken pieces (and sometimes especially the broken pieces).

    I know you were a great blessing yesterday to your friend and to her sister. God prompted you to use your broken shards to help heal someone else's. That's the body of Christ working at its best. And that encourages me. Thanks for sharing that!

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  2. "while God makes us whole in Him, He leaves us broken to the eyes of the world so that others can recognize themselves in us" I love that. It's true He makes us new and whole, but our testimony shows others that it is by His grace alone, and not our own selves, that we are new.

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  3. "Our flaws are not weaknesses, but tools in the hands of God." God uses cracked pots! Thank you, Melissa.

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  4. love, just love this
    so much truth in your words

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  5. I LOVE THIS
    Thank you so much for this

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