Monday, December 02, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough

You are a jewel! A treasure! A priceless diamond! There's no one else
in this whole world quite like you. You're one of a kind.

You were designed and fashioned by God's hand -- and He doesn't make
mistakes. As the old saying goes, "God don't make junk!"

Yes, you're a diamond, and so am I. So is your spouse, your parents,
your children, your relatives, your co-workers, your friends. Now,
that's a genuine treasure trove!! Shiver me timbers!!

However, there's one little problem. We're still diamonds in the
rough: not yet smoothed and polished. Quite a bit of "coalish carbon"
remains.

Our rugged edges and odd shapes lead to conflicts, irritations, and
misunderstandings with the other "diamonds" around us.

This is why we must go through difficulties. The Master Jeweler knows
exactly what is needed to shape us according to the best design and
make us shine. He uses the hammer of hardship and the anvil of angst
to knock off the rough edges. He takes the file of frustration and
shaves off our impatience.

This is why certain people annoy us. It's by design! When sandpaper
people rub us the wrong way, it's a good reason to rejoice! We're
being buffed and polished!

This is why we have been placed under authority (parents, bosses,
teachers, law officers.) The Master Jeweler uses these authorities as
His helpers in the diamond polishing workshop.

When we run from trouble, hide from relationships, or angrily resist
the authority placed over us, we short-circuit the shining process,
and deprive ourselves of necessary character development. Mature
attitudes are developed only by learning how to respond to authority,
and grow from our grievances.

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