DAILY CATHOLIC WEDNESDAY April 14, 1999 vol. 10, no. 73
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Today we bring you two vignettes that should make you think. The first we challenge your political correctness and how far that will take you. It was submitted by GS via e-mail and is called: Be careful who and how you judge. The second comes from NH and is a poignant piece that will buoy all our spirits for it is a story that will flood the depths of our hearts and wills and nourish our resolve. It is called Cracked up to be the best it can be: the Crack Pot! Enjoy.
Be careful who and how you judge
Based on this information, which of these candidates would you choose? The answers are at the bottom of this page.
Cracked up to be the best it can be: the Crack Pot!
"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 masters 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 Masters 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 roses 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 the profusion of flowers all along your side of the path. Did you notice that the flowers were only on your side of the path, but not on the other pots 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 masters 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 flaws. We are all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Fathers table. In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.
Second Candidate: Winston Churchill
Third Candidate: Adolph Hitler
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