While writing yesterday’s post about ability, I came across this old parable by an unknown author entitled “Cracked Pots.” Those of us who are less than perfect can appreciate this piece and be encouraged by it.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and 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 master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. Continue reading
Leadership Guru John Maxwell calls it “The Rebekah Principle.”
It’s the story of Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, on a mission to find a wife for his son Isaac. It’s recorded in Genesis 24.
Eliezer left Haran with a large caravan of 10 camels loaded with expensive gifts and journeyed to Nahor, a distance of about 435 miles. Assuming that a camel can average 25 miles a day, it would have taken 17 days to arrive at their destination. Continue reading
“Making a Difference Through Ministry” is the November focus for the Hickman Mills church where I preach in Kansas City. Each month this year we’ve been focusing on a different purpose God has for His people. Yesterday, I preached on ministry. Wrote about ministry. Lead a small group to begin a new ministry. Yes, I’ve got ministry on my mind! So….. Continue reading
“My story is really very simple,”, says Ryan Hreljac. “One day in January 1998, I was sitting in my Grade One classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Prest, explained that people were sick and some were even dying because they didn’t have clean water. She told us that some people walked for hours in Africa and sometimes it was just to get dirty water.”
“All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.” Continue reading
Melvin Newland relates a touching story from the Special Olympics several years ago. The children were having a great time and competing with tremendous dedication and great enthusiasm. One event was the 220-yard dash. The contestants came to the starting line and at the signal took off as fast as they could.
One boy by the name of Andrew quickly took the lead. And soon was about 50 yards ahead of everybody else. As he approached the final turn he looked back and saw that his best friend had fallen and hurt himself on the track. Continue reading
LeRoy Brownlow, in one of his devotional books, tells a great story about a little lady in a small Northeastern town. Next door to her humble house was a vacant lot. It was untended. Growing only weeds. And was worrisome eyesore.
One day an idea occurred to her that would solve the problem. She decided to turn the lot into a vegetable garden. She would give away the produce to help needy people. What she didn’t use or give away, she would sell and give the money to her church.
Her name for the garden? God’s garden. Continue reading