Friday, November 25, 2011

Diamond in the Rough

"I allow creativity to express through me.  According to legend, Michelangelo insisted that his part in creating David – his masterpiece of sculpture – was only to carefully chip away at the marble, uncovering the David that lay within.  Within me there is also a masterpiece awaiting expression.  As I chip away at limiting thoughts that hinder my creativity, beauty and innovation flow froth.  Something within me is waiting to emerge.  During my prayer time, I listen for what is seeking expression; then I joyfully engage with whatever surfaces.  Creativity takes many forms:  writing, music, art, dance, business ventures and inventions.  The possibilities are limitless.  As I quiet my inner critic, I invite my creativity to come alive and I create my masterpiece.  ‘Everything created by God is good.’ 1 Timothy 4:4.”  (Daily Word, a Unity Publication)

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t give up on me; God isn’t finished with me yet.”  Or that you’re a diamond in the rough, which the Urban Dictionary defines as, “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd. The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.”

From the moment we are born, we are uncut diamonds who spend our whole lives being cut, sanded, and polished.  The only problem is that most of us just aren’t even aware that we have that magnificence within each and every one of us just waiting to emerge.  Perhaps, we’re told our whole lives that we’re ugly, have no talent, will never amount to much, and so on.  We believe it and, therefore, that beauty remains hidden for most, if not all, of our lives.  We develop a poor self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth, and then these become our identities and the way that we see ourselves. 

But the Bible states that we are made in the image of God; not in physical form, but the essence of who and what God is.  We were put on earth to learn to be the greatest expressions of who we were meant to be!  For some, we learn this lesson early and our lives are filled with wonderful adventures, joy, satisfaction, and great accomplishments.  We control life.  For others, we seem to struggle our whole lives because we let life and others control us, and no matter what we try to do, we’re just always struggling. 

Many lose hope and give up, because they believe they do not have a choice.  Anthony Robbins, a well-known motivational speaker, once said “Never take away a person’s hope because that may be all they have left.”  But as long as people do have hope, they’ll keep on trying. 

Life is a process of ever unfolding lessons, surprises, and adventures.  If every person could just know the magnificence that is within, because it is the magnificence of God who put it there, then think of what we could accomplish in our lives!  No matter what we went through in the past, we know that it doesn’t have to dictate our future.  I like to say that you can either be a victim of your past, or a hero of your future. 

I love to read celebrity autobiographies and it’s amazing how so many of them had to go through such hardships in their lives before seeing their dreams come true.  Some had the most horrendous childhoods.  Many of them have grown to be the most gracious humanitarians who give of themselves and their money unselfishly.  I think of Angelina Jolie (actress), who did not have an easy childhood at all, and how she’s grown into one of the most beautiful women in the world, as well as one of the most respected humanitarians.   Ashley Judd (actress) also had a hard childhood, and today, she is involved with so many humanitarian organizations.  Oprah Winfrey is another one.  They don’t just pay lip service or only give their money.  They go to the people and walk among them.  They discovered their magnificence!

It is my wish that each and every one of you can go within and discover that inner brilliance, majesty, and grandeur, that is the truth of who you really are.  You are a masterpiece waiting to become the greatest expression of who you were meant to be.  A diamond in the rough!  Believe it!  Know it!  See it!  And let your splendor shine!  As it says above, “Everything created by God is good.”  And so it is!

(Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper.)

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