Good Morning & HAPPY TUESDAY!! Yesterday, I posted a thought and question concerning our minds being diamonds. The thought actually originated on Friday of last week. I was sitting at work with these three things on my mind: Thinking Outside the Box, Sade's Diamond Life, and the Light of God. Why would I be thinking THESE three things at the same time?? Who knows, but here is what I go so far.
The options I gave, from which to choose, were Baguette or Round, in terms of cut preference. Don't forget the "If your mind were a diamond" part. A well-rounded, effective person is going to have an open mind, able to see things from multiple angles. Hence, thinking outside the box. The baguette represents the box, not much to it. It's simple and square. When light hits it, there isn't a whole lot of sparkle or light given back, in comparison to a round cut diamond. If you look closely at a round-cut diamond, it does have somewhat of a "boxy" center, yet it has many, many cuts that exist outside the box. You feeling me now?
Now, let's look at the mind aspect of this, under the Light of God. When His light hits your mind, does it show? Does it have any effect on you? Are others able to see it? If I am baguette-minded, then people will know the Light has hit me, but it won't be all that evident on the outside of me. I like to think that I am round-minded, letting that Light reflect in all that I do, and letting it illuminate my mind to be able to see beyond surface value ("Snorkeling Depth"). Yet, I am far from perfect and still working to improve my cut. Hopefully, it is seen in my smile, my love, my compassion, my forgiveness, my generosity, my leadership, my teaching, my parenting. If I am truly round-minded, I should sparkle when I'm not even trying. We ALL know someone who is a round-cut diamond. My example of such a person is my Aunt Stella, and I have to take it up a notch by calling her a BRILLIANT-cut diamond. She just shined and sparkled, no matter what. She would walk into a room and smiles would invade the faces of all present, especially mine. It was through her that I got my first true taste of God's Light, His Spirit, His Love. Her love would just melt you. It was in her smiles, her hugs, her patience, her correction. Her being, for me, was a reflection of God's Light. I've never wanted to be like Mike, but I've always desired to be like Aunt Stella.
When we come into this world, our minds are lumps of coal. Over time, the pressures of our learning transforms our minds into diamonds of some sort. Uncut, our minds are simply unattractive rocks, valuable, but who knows how valuable it is if never cut by wisdom, sound teaching, maturity, and spiritual growth? In terms of your minds, be anything but plain!! Be a diamond with as many cuts as possible "outside the box." Princess (Tracey Underwood), Round, Brilliant, Marquise, Radiant, Cushion, whatever sparkles and brings goodness to others, to the world, to all.
Never shut your minds down toward learning and growing. If your mind were real estate, would you not want your property value to go up, rather than down?? Then, do what it takes to keep your minds increasing in value for your kids, your families, your friends, even your co-workers. One thing we know about living in America is that when things lose value, we trash it, leave it, sell it, abandon it. That may come off as harsh or bitter, but we are to never stop growing and learning. You could live to be 200 years old and still not know all there is to know about life, but at least make an effort to know as much as possible. You never know, that great-great-grandbaby may come up with a question only you can answer. I am rambling now and can't remember all I have said here, but I am gonna publish and let it fly.
Dear God, bless the minds of all who I know, love, and cherish! I pray the we all continue to grow through Your Spirit and the Light You bless our minds to know. May we grow in wisdom, in knowledge, and in understanding. Help us to know the right thing to do in all situations and circumstances, Lord, and bless us with the right words to express in every challenge and trial. We love You God for all that You are! We thank You for all that You have done, all the You do, and all that You will do. In Jesus' name we pray, AMEN!
HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYBODY!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams