Aren't matches and lighters great? Just with a flick of the thumb or the strike of the wrist we can have flame.
I like watching fire, either the flames of a camp fire, a fireplace or sometimes even just sitting in candlelight. It brings peace to my soul.
In ancient days, fire was not so easy. So once they had fire they would keep and carry some hot coals with them as they traveled. Then fire starting would be much easier.
Fire carriers were mostly just a regular earthen vessel that they would use for water or grain or many other things. But because of the heat of the fire the vessels would quickly look completely different from the others. Most often they would crack, but these cracks also served as a draft to keep the coals burning.
When we give our lives over to The Lord. We are like these earthen vessels. People will begin to see that we look a little different.
Day to day circumstances can bring "little fractures" into our lives, but when we have "the light" inside of us it will just look stronger and burn brighter when it is seen through our cracks and flaws.
Don't struggle against the small cracks of life, don't try to hide or cover your flaws, accept them and use them to allow Christ to shine through you for others to see.
Are you a cracked pot?
For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:6-9 NASB)