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Monday, May 2, 2016

"Our Weaknesses and Humility"



"LIKE A CRACKED POT"

For tonight's Family Home Evening (FHE), my husband shared this beautiful lesson. He started by relating a story about a cracked pot.


A waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end 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 walk from the stream to the mistress's house, the cracked pot arrived 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 her master's house. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. 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 mistress'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 her compassion she said, "As we return to the mistress'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 it 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 the 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 mistress's table. Without you being just the way you are, she would not have this beauty to grace her house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.
But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. We've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.
There's a lot of good out there.

Indeed we are all cracked pots. We are all imperfect. We each has weaknesses.
BUT there will always be beauty and divinity inside of us! 
He then taught me a formula on how to overcome these cracks in our lives found in Ether 12:27 in the Book of Mormon,

HUMILITY + FAITH = Weak things become strong

Our weaknesses should draw us closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a tool to help us recognize that we couldn't do anything without His enabling power. We both shared a weakness we wanted to improve for this week. We concluded our FHE with this activity found in the Preach My Gospel:

Attribute Activity
Read each item below carefully. Decide how true that statement is about you, and choose the most appropriate response from the response key. Write your response to each item in your study journal. Spiritual growth is a gradual process, and no one is perfect, so you should expect to rate yourself better on some items than on others.

Response Key
1= never
2= sometimes
3= often
4= almost always
5= always

HUMILITY
____41. I am meek and lowly in heart. (Matthew 11:29)
____42. I rely on the Lord for help. (Alma 26:12)
____43. I am sincerely grateful for the blessings I have received from the Lord. (Alma 7:23)
____44. My prayers are earnest and sincere. (Enos 1:4)
____45. I appreciate direction from my leaders or teachers. (2 Nephi 9:28)
____46. I strive to be submissive to the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. (Mosiah 24:15)

Be Humble. Stay Humble.
If we do our Best, God will do the Rest. 
If we could only do 80% of the job, the Atonement will complete the 20% remaining.
For with Christ, we can do all things. 
He makes every impossible, POSSIBLE. 
Have a Goodnight Everyone!


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