A Cracked Pot Fable…

My sister-in-law came across this fable a while back and shared it with me. I’d like to share it with you now. Read on and you’ll see why I am partial to it!

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends 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 walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

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 could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”

“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”


What a relief to know that we can be useful even through our imperfection. So many times we listen to the lies that say because we don’t measure up in one way or another that we cannot possibly be useful to God or His purposes. But so often it is because of those flaws that we are just the one He chooses to use. Are you a cracked pot? I know I am!

2 thoughts on “A Cracked Pot Fable…

  1. I’m going to read this to my dyslectic son today – I think his “crackedness” will be as comforted as mine was from reading it. Thank you for sharing ❤

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