Updated: Oct 12
I heard the most amazing story today as told by Russell Conwell. It was a story about a farmer in South Africa that toiled his land to support his family. One day a friend told him that if he wants riches, he must make his way to India in search of diamonds. So, he sold everything he had, including his farm. He left his family to find the fortune he so desperately longed for. After many months away and following the rumours of where the diamonds were being found he landed up in Spain, penniless. With no money to return home he believed that the only way out was suicide. He jumped off a cliff.
Meanwhile the farmer who purchased his farm was toiling the land when he found black rocks and he frustratingly tossed them aside. While working the land the black rocks would glint in the sun, but he failed to see the value in the ugly black rocks. It was only after a priest saw these rocks and mentioned that they could be diamonds that he discovered the value.
What amazing life lessons in this amazing story?
Stop comparing yourself to everyone around you.
Find purpose in your current situation.
Think about how you can learn from where you are right now.
Embrace your space and outgrow your situation for new opportunities to surface.
Not all advice is good advice.
Remember that God is in control and He has a special purpose for your life. Where you are right now is part of Gods plan.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
I am reminded of the amazing parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32). Jesus talks about the son that came back home after squandering his fortune only to discover that everything he ever wanted, or needed, was that which he left behind.
For the full un-simplified story, please read the book Acres of Diamonds
written by Russell Conwell.
I hope this brings some inspiration into your daily life.