Friday, April 11, 2008

Learn a Lesson

A man was exploring caves by the seashore.
In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a
bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone
had rolled clay into balls and left them out in the
sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they
intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the
cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw
the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean, as
far as he could. He thought little about this, until
he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open
on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the
remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar
treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of
jewels in the twenty or so clay balls he had left.
Then it struck him.

He had been on the beach a long time. He had
thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their
hidden treasures into the ocean waves. Instead of
thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have
taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown
it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone,
maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay
vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside.
If it isn't always beautiful or sparkling, we discount
We see that person as less important than someone
more beautiful or stylish or well known
or wealthy, but we have not taken the time to find
the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each one of us. If we
take the time to get to know that person, and if we
ask correctly then the clay begins to peel away and
the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find
out that we have thrown away a fortune in our
friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of
clay. May we see the people in our world as what
life sees in them.

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