August 20, 2012

In Our Weakness Lies Our Strenght!


 Does anybody from you ever felt down and out?
Did you ever asked yourself why you are not as good as others?  Did you ever experienced self pity realizing what your weaknesses are? Well, I do! I guess everyone does, at one point in their lives.  But do you know that sometimes, realizing our own weaknesses can help us improve ourselves? By nature, people loves to find mistakes in others.  Maybe because this is the easiest way to prove that they are far better than the rest.  But if we let others to make use of our weaknesses as a weapon to destroy ourselves, then we are already defeated even before the start of the battle.
"Weakness" is just a piece of reminder that we are only humans.  We are not perfect!  Nobody is, anyway. But sometimes, our own weaknesses can open the door for us to greater opportunities and challenges.  You might be surprised that even the most humble servant can be a blessing to others in his own special way.  This afternoon, after I get off from work, I was able to read an inspiring story from "unknown author". I feel blessed that I happened to read this inspiring story which I would like to share with you, as well. It inspires me and I think it's a better way to start my week right.  :)
Please read on........
 A Story Of The Cracked Pot
(Author Unknown)
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master's house it had leaked much of it's water and was 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 master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. 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 master'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 his compassion he said, "As we return to the master'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 the pot 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 your 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 master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique set of weaknesses. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow things to happen by faith, God will use our own set of weaknesses to be a blessing to others. In God's eyes, nothing and nobody is useless. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of happiness to others. Know that in our weakness lies our strength.

24 comments:

  1. This is such a very inspiring post. Naku pagdating sa weaknesses, I always feel I have lots of them that sometimes I get overly pitying myself. Ang pangit pala. I have to be confident and improve on those aspects na mahina ako. Indeed, we have flaws kasi it's only God who is perfect. God bless!

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  2. Beautiful post. By nature we tend to find flaws from other people, that's true. We also know about our flaws and allow it to bring us down. I hope this story about the 2 pots will inspire us to look on the bright side.

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  3. it is such a beautiful story, indeed, sometimes what we think as our witness is actually in fact our strength.

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  4. awesome! that's why we need to think outside the box.

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  5. Nice story. As human, we always see what our flaws but not what goodness we have. But each of us has its purpose and I always believe that God always has a better plan. Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. I love that Cracked Pot story, very inspiring. I have to admit its not easy to accept my weaknesses but I'm working on improving it, waaah!

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  7. I read this story from one of the forwarded emails and I find it inspiring. Depending on how we view our shortcomings or weaknesses, sometimes it could be our downfall but sometimes, it can also be a source that helps us to tap at our hidden strengths. When we know our weaknesses, it is also what spurs us to hang on to a greater source of strength and as we know, when we cling on to God, who can ever beat that, right?

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  8. Thanks for sharing this post. It is indeed inspiring when we read analogies that seem to make an impact in our lives. The scars we have currently will certainly be a plus points in the future as we journey through life :)

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  9. thank you so much for sharing this story. i have been feeling down lately. everything happens for a reason.

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  10. Very nice post. I have had my own moments of insecurities and this story helps to look beyond ourselves.

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  11. i love the story...gosh thinking about your flaws is such a blackhole... you really need to find the strength to look at it from another angle...

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  12. I already read the story. It's true, it is really inspiring. We sometimes even think that we can't make things that the others can. But, if we try to look beyond, we are all equal. What others can do, I can also do.

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  13. Such an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing this with us and reminding us that God makes the imperfect us perfect for His plans.

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  14. thanks for sharing this inspiring story. :)

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  15. We all have weaknesses and from those we also have our strength. Very inspiring.. thanks for sharing

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  16. Beautiful post. So inspiring. God bless us all.

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  17. really a beautiful story, this only tells us that we should love our self

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  18. Heard the above story once during a leadership seminar years ago. It was nice and very uplifting. Nice to read it again here at your blog. Thanks!

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  19. thanks for sharing this inspiring story, there are times that I feel down and I thank the boyfriend for he is always there to cheer me up :)

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  20. Kudos for this post! Inspired a lot of your readers like me..

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  21. I read the story years ago. (or am i confusing it with one of juan tamad's heheh)

    btw, nice reflection on the story. I am done with self-pity years ago. I know what I can do and I won't allow others to convince me to think otherwise.

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  22. Thanks for reminding me of the story...

    Most of the people would criticize us on our weaknesses but we really should go on and not focus on what other people may say. We should get focused on how God sees us. He loved us not only the "good things" (as what people may think) but our whole being.

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  23. Nice story. We fail to remember sometimes, but really, we are a blessing to others in so many ways.

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  24. This is a nice story. Sometimes talaga we all want to be perfect kasi. We all want the best for our lives then we get frustrated and lost when we can't have the life we want.

    But seriously I laughed out loud at the phrase "cracked pot" because of the meaning of the word. *lol*

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