What Shape Are You In?

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Cor 4:16

Clay pots of all shapes and sizes were valuable tools in ancient households. Large jars were used to store water and olive clay potsoil, jugs were used to carry water, and small terra cotta vials held perfume. Clay storage jars were filled with grain and other foods. Homemakers used clay pots for cooking. At mealtime, shallow pottery bowls were used as platters and dishes. In the evening the homes were lit by clay lamps. The potters who supplied these much needed pots were important to the economic life of ancient villages. A modern potter described her craft like this:

“Both my hands shaped this pot. And the place where it actually forms is a place of tension between the pressure applied from the outside and the pressure of the hand on the inside. That’s the way my life has been. Sadness and death and misfortune and the love of friends and all the things that happened to me that I didn’t even choose. All of that influenced my life, but, there are things I believe in about myself, my faith in God and the love of some friends that worked on the inside of me. My life, like this pot, is the result of what happened on the outside and what was going on inside of me. Life, like this pot, come to be in places of tension.”

Throughout the day we may be buffeted by stress, pulled apart by responsibilities, and pressed by challenges that come at us from the outside. Without strength of spirit on the inside, those difficulties will cause us to collapse under the external pressure. Take every chance you get to feed your spirit with Scripture. This will keep you strong, renewed, and restored within. You can respond with inner strength and creativity to what could otherwise defeat you. Remember, your inner life gives you the strength you need to become a useful vessel in the household of God. 


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