I read a story of how one of the great diamond fields of South Africa was discovered; according to the story, one day a tourist entered one of the villages in rural South Africa, and stopped by a little hut to watch a village boy amuse himself by throwing stones in the air. And in the process one of the stones fell at the tourist’s feet; and he picked it up, and was about to return it to the boy when he saw a flash of light from the stone which caught his attention, and upon closer examination he discovered that the stone was a diamond.
The boy had no clue of the value of the stones he was throwing. To him they were simply objects he could play with. But to the informed tourist, it was a gem of great value hidden in rough coverings.
Just like the boy in the story, most of us don’t realize how much value we have inside us. We look at our lives and think we don’t matter much; we have not talents and skills that are marketable; we have no reason to want to aspire to become great.
There are also some among us who think their days are uninteresting, filled with bad luck and without opportunities. I met a woman recently who believes there isn’t any need for her to put her talents to use since in her words, “I am not special.”
Are you one of those? Do you feel the same way about yourself; you think you have no value, and your days are just so-so? I want you to think again!
Look too many people have lost many opportunities to become great in life simply because the opportunities were wrapped in ordinary days, or some adversity or setback. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich once wrote that, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
Each event, each day of our lives, including the ones we term ordinary contains a treasure of good and blessing for us from God. But to see it, we must have the eyes of faith to realize that in every painful experience, there’s something that can bring us joy.
“Precious gems of rarest blessing are enclosed in the rough crusts of hardship, care, loss, and trial, which we are constantly coming upon in our life’s way. We shall find when we get home that many of the things from which we have shrunk as evils have been the bearers to us of our richest treasures of good.”
Live your greatest life!