Archive for June, 2008

The Cracked Pot

June 25, 2008

I heard this parable years ago, and then one of our subscribers brought it back to my attention recently.  It is a little longer than most M-Power messages, but worth the read.  Thanks Ken!

 

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.’   Each of  us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have  that make our lives together so very interesting and  rewarding.   You’ve  just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in  them.     

 

Forward this one to all of your crack pot friends today.

Create The Advantage

June 18, 2008

My weeds have been teaching me some things.  A few days ago while I was out doing battle in my garden, I noticed that some of the weeds have very strong and deep roots, which makes them a little harder to pull, giving them a great advantage.  Others had roots that were not so deep, but very fragile.  This type was easy to pull, but would reappear from the broken root fragments only a few days later, giving them the advantage.  Either way, weeds seem to have adapted to the particular package that they have.  Whether your roots are deep or shallow, find a way to make the best of the package you have.  Create the advantage!

 

Camel or Crystal

June 11, 2008

A few years ago, Vicki and I visited the Canary Islands where we had the opportunity to ride a camel.  One thing I didn’t know before about camels is that they grumble and complain before responding to any command of the wrangler.  At first I thought we just ended up with a “bad attitude” camel, but then heard every camel in line responding in the same grumpy way.  In contrast, we have a sweet retriever mix in our family named Crystal.  I sometimes get up early in the morning to go walking, and even at 5:00 a.m. she wiggles enthusiastically and wags her tail, eager to join me.  What about you?  Today you have a choice to be a camel or a Crystal.

 

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Just Your Opinion

June 4, 2008

Everybody has an opinion.  Your opinion of yourself has a lot to do with how you feel on a daily basis.  My friend Kirk included an interesting thought within his e-mail today that said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”  People often confuse humility with having a poor opinion of yourself, but that is just as much a pride problem as thinking you are better than other people.  What you are really saying is that your own opinion is somehow better than, or superior to the opinion of others.  So your spouse thinks you are awesome but you think you stink.  Your friends think you are incredible but you think you’re miserable.  You think you are worthless but God thinks you have immeasurable worth.  Who is likely to be right?  Don’t cling so tightly to your own opinion that you remain stuck in your private captivity.  Opinions can change!