Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prince: Move your feet (Fwd)

The will of God will never take you where
the Grace of God won't protect you..

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

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

There is a treasure in each and everyone 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 you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay

Do not ask the Lord to Guide your Footsteps if
you are not willing to MOVE your Feet

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