Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems



A few months ago I was sitting in a New Shepherds Orientation that was presented by Jerrie Barber. During that weekend we watched a video of an old episode of Antique Road Show. A man by the name of Ted comes in with a blanket. He didn’t know much about it other than he suspected it was Navajo. Appraiser Don Elis fills in the blanks and informs Ted that he has a chief’s blanket that is worth somewhere between, $350,000 and $500,000. (It is fair to note that has since been updated. If he were to take it back today it would be worth between $750,000 and $1 million.)

When Ted hears this he is so overcome with emotion that he cannot even muster the strength to hold back tears. The purpose of Brother Barber showing us that video was to have us think about what we have that we think is worth very little, but may actually be worth a fortune.


What do you have in your life that you have always believed to be worth relatively little? We all have talents and abilities. Have you ever thought they were more valuable than you originally thought? Have you ever considered getting it checked out? Why not? Everyone has a role and something to offer. But we only choose to use them when we view them as valuable.


If you have a house, or a car, or an old tin lunch box, and you want $50 and I agree to pay you $50, reason would stand to say that the lunch box is worth $50. I’ve never been crazy about the idea of appraisers, but then again, I am one. No, that is not my profession, but every time I look at a kid and say, “You’re really good at that”, I am telling him that I believe they have a skill that is valuable. And sometimes that is exactly what someone needs. They need someone to come in and tell them that what they have is valuable.


When you find out something that you have is valuable, what is the first thing you do with it? Do you go lock it up in a box in the back of a closet no one knows you have or do you choose a place to proudly display your prized possession? Having something valuable is great, but it does not matter if you refuse to use it.

Be on the lookout for hidden gems, and do not let them go to waste. Whether they belong to you, or someone else.

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