November 22, 2013
“THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT SEEM LIKE ROCKS,
BUT IN REALITY, THEY ARE DIAMONDS.”
Proverbs 29:17 (The Message Version)
17 Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did—
they’ll turn out delightful to live with.
“DIAMONDS IN LIFE”
Once upon a time there was a boy named JIMMY who was walking in the desert and he found a magic lantern on a pile of rocks. Jimmy thought to himself, “Maybe if I rub this lantern, a genie will come out and grant me three wishes!” He tried it and sure enough, a genie appeared.
Jimmy was real excited and asked the genie for three wishes. But the genie replied, “I’m not that kind of genie. I give advice.”
“Oh,” said Jimmy, “then give me some advice.”
“Pick up as many rocks as you can and take them home with you,” said the genie, just before he disappeared.
“This is stupid,” said Jimmy. “I have a long way to go and these rocks are heavy. I’m not going to pick up any rocks!” He did pick up one small rock, however, and stuck it in his pocket.
When he finally got home, Jimmy took off his dirty clothes to be washed. His mother went through his pockets and found the rock. After examining it closely, she asked Jimmy where he got that rock. Jimmy replied, “Oh, some stupid genie told me to pick up a bunch of them, but I only picked up one.”
“Jimmy!” his mother cried. “This isn’t a rock. This is a huge diamond! It’s worth thousands of dollars!”
Unfortunately, Jimmy was never able to find that pile of rocks again.
THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT SEEM LIKE ROCKS,
BUT IN REALITY, THEY ARE DIAMONDS.
The classes in school are sometimes a drudgery and seem like a waste of time. But someday those classes and the education the children get, will become extremely valuable to them.
The lessons and the discipline parents impart on their children are likewise the same… They’re sometimes even painful to them and seem like rocks, but they become diamonds in the minds and in the hearts of the children and will become treasures they will live with.
A LOT OF WHAT WE DO HARDLY SEEMS WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT. SOMETIMES THEY’RE EVEN HARD AND MAY EVEN REQUIRE PAIN AND SUFFERING. BUT IT’S WORTH IT.