Imagine walking down the beach. Grains of sand line the shore. There are so many that it’s impossible to count them all. In search of a treasure, you pick up seashells and place them in a bucket.
Although you’ve taken this route many times before, today you hoped to find something more. Many shells were far too familiar. They were like tiny specks compared to the vast open sea. Significant yet insignificant at the same time, they merely blended into the scene. Treasures were right before your eyes, yet you overlooked gems searching for pearls.
Gifts and talents that come naturally to you may seem too simple. This may cause you to assume that others experience the same ease. In turn, you may view them as insignificant. While they may be effortless for you, this doesn’t make them unimportant. In fact, they’re called gifts because they’ve been given to you by grace. It isn’t your role to determine their value. It’s your responsibility to take what you’ve been given and make the most of it.
Treasures are right before our eyes, yet many miss gems searching for pearls at the bottom of the sea. Potential isn’t something to find. It’s already inside. Possibilities aren’t just in dreams. It takes faith to believe.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”