Monday, June 3, 2013

Are You a Diamond in the Rough?

My dad had a favorite saying.  In his eyes, everything was "world famous."   Every time he barbecued for family and friends, he served world famous hamburgers.  No burger was ever exactly the same because he was always tinkering with the ingredients, searching for that diamond in the rough.  At Mulligan's bar, he served "world famous" green bagels.  Everything and everyone in his eyes was world famous.

Take a look at the world around you.  Observe the people you are in contact with.  What do you see?  Are they diamonds or are they still developing their hidden talents?  Now, look in the mirror.  Ask yourself the same questions.  Do you see the diamond in the rough?  If you are having trouble recognizing your own special and unique qualities, how will the world spot them?

I made an important discovery over four years ago, almost by accident.  I asked God to show me what He sees through His eyes when He looks at me.  It was life-changing.  That discovery led to an important follow-up question..."what am I supposed to do with my diamond?"  The question was asked in the form of a prayer.  Here was my answer:  "Share it."

According to Urban Dictionary, a diamond in the rough is "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."

You may have some work to do in order to make your talents shine.  The cutting and polishing process may take a lifetime.  Don't ever give up.  The diamond within you is one-of-a-kind.  I know my dad would be the first to say you're world-famous.


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