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May we not come to the end of our lives only to find out that we have
thrown away a fortune in friendships because we failed to find the
treasure within.  May we see others the way God sees them!
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The Hidden Treasure

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!