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 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 it, 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 hundreds of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 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 treasure into the ocean waves.
Instead of hundreds of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home 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.
It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.
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 and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, 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 friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.
May we see the people in our world as God sees them.
faith building attempt indeed!
Great message! Do not judge a book by its cover. Read what is in it before making a judgement.
I keep telling this to myself all the time based on a story my Dad told me. It is indeed so and we all tend to judge people by the way they look……Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy!!! Amen!!
Thank you, good to be reminded of the Lords hidden messages.
Lord help me to discover the hidden treasures that are within and around me . May I not live a wasted life ; so help me Lord.
Thank you for your message. It is very humbling to realize that I can look at the outward or the behavior of one and think of myself as better than they are.
As I was reading your message I thought “I’m going to share this with my Sunday school class.” But as I kept reading I realized this was also for me. Thank you for challenging me to take another look at myself. God bless your ministry!