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Tonight I want to share a story with you. Yes, its a bit different but sometimes changes is good because with change we sometimes see the world in a different light.

Many years ago, a man was strolling along an ancient seashore exploring some old caves that he had remembered as a child. In one of them, he found a few bags of clayballs-by-the-seawith dozens of hardened balls made of clay. It looked as though someone had just taken some of the shore mud, rolled them into balls and left them in the sun to harden. They didn’t seem like much of anything so he took them with him.

He continued to walk down the shoreline and as he did, he would throw a clay ball out into the ocean every so often, as he remembered throwing rocks in the same shore many years before. When he was down to about 5 or 6 of the clay balls, he had already thrown about 50 of them in the ocean, he dropped one on a rocky outcropping. The clay ball split open and exposed inside of it a beautiful and precious stone.

He was amazed at its beauty possible value and he started to break open all of the rest that he had. Each of them contained the same precious stones!!!

He took the stones to a local jeweler and was told that the 6 stones he had were very rare and worth thousands of dollars, EACH! It then hit him; he had thrown 50 or more of these clay balls with their hidden treasures into the ocean to never be found again. Instead of thousands of dollars, he could have had tens of thousands; instead, he had thrown them all away.

If you think about it, it is like this with people. We each look at one another and maybe even look at ourselves and we see only the vessel, our bodies. It may not look like much from the outside; everyone has a body, right. You have seen one, you have seen them all, right?

The human vessel that you’re looking at may not be beautiful or stylish or very well known or liked but we have not taken the time to find the treasure that is hidden within that person or within ourselves that has been hidden by God and our Universe.

My friends, there is indeed a hidden treasure in each of you. If we take the time to get to know one another, if we can look upon one another, the way God and our Universe looks upon and within us, the clay will begin to break away and the precious and valuable stones within will shine its light.

Let not one of us come to the end or our lives to find out what we have thrown away. Let us not find that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships and companionships because we could not and would not look past the clay and into the gems and light that is within each of us.

May each of us see the people in our world as God and the Universe sees them.

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