The Bucket and the Dipper Parable
Once upon a time it was discovered
that everyone has a bucket.
No kidding. It's a bucket which
is kind of like a cup --
in that it can be filled ... even
I guess it's sort of like a source
comfort, love, strength, and such.
And the fuller it is,
the easier it is to share what's
in the bucket with others.
There are a lot of wonderful ways
we can put things in each others'
For example, we can say, "Good Morning!"
when we see each other.
That's a great way to put something
in someone else's bucket.
And, you can double the contribution
by adding someone's name -- "Good
Morning, Mrs. Smith!"
Other things which can fill up a
bucket are hugs,
listening, sincere praise, pointing
being sensitive to needs
(and doing something about them
when you can),
cheerfulness, honesty, patience
(almost sounds like a description
THE PURE LOVE OF CHRIST: CHARITY,
when you think
Anyway, one of the things we all
ought to spend time doing,
is helping to fill others' buckets.
Now . . . it must needs be, so they
that there is opposition in all
And so, just as we all have a bucket,
we all have a dipper.
And sometimes, other people can
get their dipper in your bucket!!
It's been known to happen!
Just imagine that we're going out
with some friends at a nice restaurant.
There'll be fine linens and candles
We're sitting at the table,
visiting and I accidentally knock
over my glass of V-8 juice.
Big red spot. I am so embarrassed.
I am turning redder than usual.
But, the juice just keeps crawling
across the table
right toward our hostess.
It's like a flood! It won't stop!
And, then finally it does dribble
She jumps a little, but is being
nice even though it's wet and gooey.
And then, old bright eyes, down
the table a little, looks up and says,
"You spilled your juice."
He got HIS dipper in MY bucket!
Tell me how old you have to be to
know . . . you made a mistake!?.
Can you remember sitting down to
with your family and your little
brother spilled his milk?
And about 35 people (it seemed)
said "You spilled your milk!"
All those great big dippers in such
a tiny little bucket!
Have you ever noticed that when
your bucket is low, or empty --
when you need most to have someone
put something in it --
THAT is when you're most irritable
We chase people away when we need
We try hard to figure out WHY we
run around with our dippers out.
We're busy trying to get our dippers
in other people's buckets --
and they don't want their bucket
to have our dipper in it!
This is where the trap is.
Have you ever noticed that when
your dipper in somebody's bucket
. . .
you're pointing out something wrong
You tell them they've got wrinkles
in their socks
and they don't have them on yet?
You tell her she's moody and
then you find out she's got a toothache.
You tell someone there's a spot
on their face
and then find out that your glasses
You've got YOUR dipper in someone
It might feel good, sort of,
when you first shove your dipper
into someone else's bucket --
but after a while it doesn't feel
Do you know what a DIP-IN is?
It's not exactly like a drive-in
or a sit-in . . .
It's when several people get together
and just DIP someone good!
Next time you realize that's happening,
point it out and then stop.
"Hey, we've all got our dippers
in little sister's bucket!
Let's fill it instead of emptying
Sometimes you say to yourself,
"Self, she's got a LID on her bucket!"
Or you may ask,
"Hey, does anyone know where I can
buy a lid for my bucket?
There are a lot of DIPS around this
Some of you may even think you don't
HAVE a bucket!
Or you may feel that your bucket's
been shot full of holes.
Well, for SURE we're just not the
same when our bucket is empty,
and that's all there is to it.
And, we're not the same when we're
dipping instead of filling,
and that's all there is to that,
My friends, keep your dippers out
of other's buckets.
FILL their buckets . . . you'll
discover yours is getting fuller too.
Full and overflowing -- you'll have
so much, much more to share.
It really could be that way.
It really CAN be that way.
Love one another . . .
enrich and lift and bless and fill