Friday, January 28, 2011

Fool's Gold

Who has believed our message 
   and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
   and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
He was despised and rejected by mankind, 
   a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. 
Like one from whom people hide their faces 
   he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:1-3

Oftentimes greatness doesn’t come in a nice and neat package, though we would like it too.

We may see a beautiful woman or a distinguished looking guy and feel that there is something special about them. Or we might look at a beautiful car and compare it to the economy bucket that we are driving and think about how nice it must be to live like that. How nice must it be to be that person who looks a certain way, has a certain job, or appears to have everything all perfectly put together with their house and picket fence, 2.5 kids and a dog?

But in reality not everything that glitters is gold. Many times the best things that can happen in our lives are like diamonds in the rough. They may not look pretty to the naked eye, but when you dig deep and look past the surface, there is something amazingly wonderful there.

I wonder if you have any diamonds in the rough in your life. Maybe this job that you hate is a blessing in disguise. Maybe the parent that gets on your nerves has life lessons to teach you if only you’d listen to them. Maybe that car that you are driving isn’t the most stylish thing around, but it is paid for… and allows you to save or invest you money in ways that will benefit your future.

Instead of looking at what everyone else has, take the time to be present; and enjoy the blessings that you do have.

Take nothing for granted. All that is given can also disappear before your very eyes. 


  1. Or another thought, imagine how many people may be looking at you wishing they had what you do.

    Even the person who has nothing at all can be looked at by another and appreciated for their willingness to remain happy and perseverance through adversity.

    One person's displeasure could be another's treasure. So as you said, see and appreciate the treasures you have.

  2. Matthew summed it up, don't get caught in the material-
    •Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
    •Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
    •Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
    •Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
    •Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
    •Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
    •Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
    •Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)


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