Thanks for such an inspirational story. While I try not to look at the outside, sometimes we all do it. But I know a few people who have always just looked at the outside, and I plan to send each of them the story.
Thanks for this. I know someone who REALLY needs to read and follow this in order to find a life partner. He looks on the outside instead of the inside. To him looks are everything. WRONG! It's not what's outside, it's what's inside that counts. I think that it maybe right in front of him and he's too dumb to see it.
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 didnít 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!
Itís like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesnít look like much from the outside. It isnít 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.
I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.
APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE THING YOU HAVE, ESPECIALLY YOUR FRIENDS! LIFE IS TOO SHORT AND FRIENDS ARE TOO FEW! ~ Author Unknown~
Edited by: LHLADY517 at: 4/18/2009 (22:34)
Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV
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