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 clay balls he had left. Then it struck him, he had been on the beach for hours. He had thrown maybe 50 to 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of just a few thousand dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands; he had just thrown it away!
This is the exact situation when dealing with people in relationships. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves we are tempted to just focus on the external clay vessel. Most people don’t look like much from the outside. They may not appear beautiful or sparkling as expected, so we discount them. We may even see that person as less important than someone more beautiful, stylish, well-known and wealthy without taking the time to find out the hidden treasure they possess. There is a treasure in each person we meet if only we take the time to know them. We can ask God to show us the way He sees other humans, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem in them shines forth.
May we not come to the end of our lives to find out that we have thrown away fortune in friendship gems hidden in bits of clay balls! Human resource is the world’s greatest asset and we must all learn to treat each person as such irrespective of our bias.