Have you seen this? Since I am such a fan of beautiful gemstones, I just couldn’t pass this one up. A 507-carat diamond was uncovered from the Cullian mine in South Africa on September 24th. It’s beautiful as is, but once it’s all polished up and cut to reveal eye-catching facets… ah, well, who wouldn’t fantasize about adding it to their jewelry collection? It is estimated that the finished diamond could be worth about $20 million.
But, no matter how precious that diamond becomes in the world of luxury gems, there will always be something more precious.
What does it mean to be precious? The first definition that comes to mind is being worth a lot of money, like the 507-carat diamond. But, to be precious also means to be dear to or beloved by someone else. Does the relationship between you and your mom or you and your husband or child come to mind? What makes these relationships precious? A $20 million dollar diamond can always be replaced by a diamond worth $30 million – or more. In fact, larger diamonds do exist. One of them is part of the British Crown Jewels. But, the 507-carat diamond is still special because it is not every day that something like that is discovered. But, when we find ourselves to be part of a relationship that is precious – it becomes a part of our life for which we are unable to find a replacement.
So, what is more precious than a 507-carat diamond? Answer: You
The Lord created the earth and everything in it (Revelations 10:6), big diamonds included. But, you were a part of the Lord’s plans from the very beginning, even before the earth was created (Ephesians 1:4).
The Message says it like this:
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. (Ephesians 1:4 MSG)
Relationships are precious when there is a genuine love for the other person. For that person, we want only the best. Sometimes, our love can be transforming for the other one – it may bring out only good things in them. Such is the case with the Lord. The love He has for us is true and genuine – precious, in fact. We are the object of His affection. And, His love brings about change; it polishes us up and makes us look more like Him.
Unfortunately, a 507-carat will never give you that kind of return for your investment. Invest, instead, in relationships. I have to ask myself questions like these on a regular basis. How are your relationships with your family, your spouse, your children? Do you really know them? Do they know you? Do you know the Lord? How is your relationship with Him? It’s so very precious to Him. Is it precious to you?
Beauty comes from within. What is inner beauty? It is the place where behavior and values meet. Are you inspired to wear your inner beauty? If so, do you change your behavior or your values? You decide.
S. D. G.