Monday, April 28, 2008

Clay Balls....

We have a lot of friends. But at times, we come across new people in our lives whom we more often than not - disregard them. I don't know if the word 'disregard' fits the equation here, but the point I am trying to make here is - we do not take them seriously. We only see the external picture that is potrayed by the individual.
I was thinking about this when my dear bro-in-law Balla said what he said when we attended a wedding dinner in Bangsar - some time back. Now, Balla is a Masters degree holder in Finance and he is also a qualified Radiologist. We were sitting down having dinner and then a particular gentlemen asked him (Balla) - "So, Balla, what do you do?" Balla said, "I just do some typing in the office - I'm a clerk". Anyone sitting on our table would have noticed how differently this gentlemen was talking to Balla after he said this. Why did Balla say what he said? I asked Balla and he said, "I don't like telling people what I do, because you are judged or looked-up to from that point on". It is sad that people are like this. I am glad Balla did what he did cos' we were just laughing our guts out when we saw this gentlemen's face.
The story below is a true explanation of why no one should be judged on their outer being - or even for what they say they represent. This article is specially dedicated to Balla. Thank you Paul for the contribution of this ever so amazing story. Enjoy it everyone.

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?
Have a good week ahead everyone.

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