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The Story of the Clay Balls. . .

Thursday, February 14, 2013



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 thousands 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
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. 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.
I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with each of you.
Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.

~ Author Unknown ~



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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/27/2013 8:36AM

    What a lovely story! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    thanks for sharing this!

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LOGOULD 2/16/2013 8:38AM

    Such a good lesson to keep in mind....especially for those clay balls that we see everyday in our own lives.

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  I've never heard that one, and it is lovely. emoticon

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NEWTINK 2/15/2013 11:53PM

    What an awesome story emoticon

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    Beautiful story and so true!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 2/15/2013 9:24PM

    What a beautiful story. How many other people have we discounted since they were a clay ball" instead of finding them!

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    Thank you!

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    emoticon What a Beautiful Analogy! Thank You for sharing it.

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    This is nice!

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TERMITEMOM 2/15/2013 5:06PM

    Wonderful story! emoticon

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    emoticon Blog!! Thank you for sharing such wisdom. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 2/15/2013 4:44PM

    truly beautiful thank you for sharing

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CHARTHESTAR 2/15/2013 4:34PM

    Thank you for sharing. We know this- but tend to forget it over time.

I especially liked the part where it said to ask God to share with you what is special about a person. (I work with a lot people and sometimes it is hard for me to think that it could be about them that could be special because they irritate me with laziness and their lack of caring)

I will ask for that next time I go into work and see if it helps me see some things I don't usually see. emoticon

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LEPETITCHIHUA 2/15/2013 3:57PM

    Very inspiring thank you emoticon

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    Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/15/2013 1:36PM

    I love seeing this story again! It's so true and then we forget until it comes back in our email again!!

Thanks for the reminder!!


Julia

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PAUL2274 2/15/2013 11:52AM

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CHRISBEM 2/15/2013 11:42AM

    I so needed to read this! There are a few people who have recently left my life that I wish I had the ability to share this with

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PATRICIAANN46 2/15/2013 10:02AM

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DJSHIP46 2/15/2013 9:40AM

    Beautiful... valuable story!!! Thank you so much for sharing... You are my treasure for today!!!

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AKATHLEEN54 2/15/2013 9:39AM

    Love this!! What a beautiful analogy and certainly gives us all something to think about. God Bless emoticon

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FROMNDTOGA 2/15/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for the reminder! One of those clay balls has the 'me I'm supposed to be, in all parts of my life'!
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    Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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  Great blog!

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MIMIDOT 2/15/2013 8:11AM

    Beautiful story! So true! I loved it. Thank you for sharing.

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MOMMY445 2/15/2013 7:46AM

    what a wonderful story!

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OFGREENGABLES 2/15/2013 7:44AM

    what a lovely story!

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  good blog

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 2/15/2013 7:42AM

    I loved this, thank you so much for sharing... I have never heard this before and thought it was beautiful.
Enjoy your day and again thank you for sharing.
J


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NEWMOM20121 2/15/2013 7:07AM

    Thank you. Well done

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LRSILVER 2/15/2013 6:49AM

    So true. Beautiful. Thanks

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    what a wonderful story - thank you

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    That was beautiful and so true.

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