This morning, cleaning the underside of my crock pot, I discovered several hairline fractures. Ha! Crackpot with a Cracked Pot!
It reminded me of a quote from a friend just last night: “Pride is like air—or water—we concentrate on shedding it; but, through the narrowest crack, it can seep back in.” Indeed, we teeter between “Man, I nailed that,” to “Lord, forgive my pride,” and (sadly) back again.
The crock pot’s hardened beads of Teriyaki, now burned onto the metal shell of my favorite small appliance, remind me of the possible result of all this seepage: dark, sequestered arrogance, locked inside a hardened exterior.
I think that’s how I became a crackpot.
In our recent Bible studies, things are bubbling to the surface (ba-dum ching). We’re reminded to imitate God—to love one another sensitively, naturally, purposefully, sacrificially, and exclusively. [I’ll pause for the 5-point Re-Read. Thanks, Allister Begg.] This kind of love is a lofty recipe for such crackpots, daily sloughing off the haughty slime that bleeds through our vulnerabilities.
It’s no wonder Paul described Gospel servants as being perceived as the dregs and scum in the pot. In Paul’s case, probably less deserving—but yes, cut from the same cloth.
Uhhhh.  Is all this “oozing” causing us to despair? Enter, again, Paul: “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
I suppose we ought to be careful cooks: our outer vessels can be burned-over with the creosote of pompous expectations, resentment, bitterness, and even harsh behavior. These are all byproducts of a slow simmer that’s incorporated with putrid pride.
Lord, Help! My pottery sprang a leak!

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One Response to Crackpot

  1. thepapaduck says:

    Thanks Laura, Another great read.

    Sent from my iPad


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