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Grace Note for October 17, 2015

In Bangkok, Thailand is the Temple of the Golden Buddha. Inside this very small temple is a solid gold statue of Buddha. The history of this statue is fascinating.

Because a highway was going to be built through the monastery the monks prepared to move their clay Buddha. When the statue was lifted the clay began to crack, so the statue lowered back to the ground.

Then it began to rain so the monks covered the clay Buddha with a tarp. That night one of the monks took a flashlight and checked on the statue. When he shined his flashlight on the cracked Buddha he saw a gleam through the cracks. He went for a hammer and chisel, knocked off pieces of clay, and found a statue of solid gold. Historians believe the statue was covered with clay when the Burmese army was about to invade Thailand. The monks disguised the statue to protect their treasure but when the Burmese army attacked, all of those who knew the secret of the golden statue were killed.

A similar secret exists today. Inside each of us is a largely unknown, yet valuable potential just waiting to be released. Don’t keep it covered with mud, break free and be all than you can be.

2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesn’t come from us.”

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