“We are valuable in our imperfections.”

art by Malory Fiso

There were once two pots. One was whole and the other had a crack in it. Each was used daily by a woman to bring in water from a stream.

When the pots got back to the house each day, the cracked one always only had half the initial water in it.

The cracked pot, who was ashamed of its flaw, finally had enough. It said to the woman, “Why do you insist on taking me to the stream when I only bring back half the water I start with each day?”

The woman smiled knowingly and said, “Have you noticed that one side of the path is brimming with beautiful flowers? I knew you were broken, so I planted some seeds on that side. You water them each day.”

Truly, here on this earth, there has only been one “perfect pot”—Jesus Christ.

All the rest of us are imperfect, cracked pots. But we are all God has to work with.

And the Lord can work marvelous works with cracked pots—all the while helping and encouraging us to become whole.

Repentance seems to be one of the most common themes of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Joseph Smith, Frederick Williams, and Sidney Rigdon all were rebuked in D&C 93. They were imperfect people, trying their best.

God calls them friends in one verse and calls them to repentance in the next—and both are signs of His unending love and support.

What the Doctrine and Covenants shows is that when we allow God to carry us, He will plant seeds and use us to continue His work forward as he slowly works on us—“grace for grace.”

And as those around us grow grace for grace—I think we can extend them some grace as well.

When things go wrong, as they inevitably will, we can rely on the “perfect pot” who holds everything together, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Because “all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” (Preach My Gospel, 52)

God can work with you. 

He can work with me.

And He can use us—imperfections and all, to create something beautiful.

In the process, He will make us whole.

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