Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Balls of Clay

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.

(sorry about that title) LOL

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for every person my HP has ever put into my life; they were all there for a reason

for a newcomer at a meeting yesterday; someone chronologically older than me, if you can believe that!

to hear someone in denial after 20 years exposure to AA and 2 weeks sobriety -- this makes me grateful that I can be honest with myself

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
-Henry Ward Beecher

9 comments:

Scott W said...

"to hear someone in denial after 20 years exposure to AA and 2 weeks sobriety" I was there to hear this guy's share and I have never quite heard anything like it. 20 years vs. 2 weeks would tend to make me a little aware that there is something more powerful than me, and that I might have a problem with putting anything mood alterning into my body.

Mary Christine said...

A strong won't. That about sums it up, doesn't it? Thanks.

Lex-Sunshine said...

Love the story. thank you for sharing. and isn't it wonderful to see life from this side of two weeks instead of the new comer's side? : )

Designer Girl said...

What a beautiful story . . . DEFINITELY needed to hear it. ;)
Thanks, dAAve.

AAwoken said...

Good story. Even better quote.

Sober Chick said...

D-E-N-I-A-L is powerful. 20 years, wow. It is a weapon of the illusion and will make us lifeless. I wish I were there to hear this story.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Wonderful story :)
I see you

Ricky!!! said...

That was an incredible share. I like what Bob said as a response much better, "YOu haven't given up"

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Shannon said...

oh that was a good story Daave...