Thinking about the antique vase, it is most beautiful. The problem was that it was full of small cracks. It would not hold water any longer. Therefore to buy it for the purpose of being a vase for flowers would just do no good.

Staring at the vase a unique idea came to mind. If I were to light a candle inside the vase the light would shine through the cracks and make for a stunning display on the dinner table. Warm, glowing and inviting.

Then I remembered I always thought of my life as a cracked vase. No longer watertight due to bumps, bruises and mistakes. But if you live at all there is only guarantee, you will encounter bumps, bruises and mistakes. To avoid any cracks the vase will have to be put in a display case out of harm’s way and not be used at all for the purpose it was made for. Then in 80 years everyone will be amazed at the stunning vase and how well it is preserved, but the vase will have never had purpose other than only being a wallflower. The vase will feel empty and useless.

What to do? Risk cracks and live life or wallflower and miss out?

Staring at the light the strangest idea came to mind. That is exactly what I am beginning to look like. Without the candle lit inside I am just an old cracked vase. But because Jesus has lit His Holy Spirit light inside me I am an interesting stunning display! The light plays through the cracks and gives light to many around the table. It is lovely to stare at and peaceful, warm and inviting.

Through the blood of Jesus my weakness has become my strength. Because of my cracks can His perfect light shine to all around me. For without Him I would be nothing.

Don’t be afraid to try, it is worth the try! Jesus will fill the cracks!

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up


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