Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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No doubt you have read or heard this old proverb many times:
All that glitters is not gold.
One day my friend was sporting a new ring. It was really very pretty. I complimented her on it, thinking her husband blessed her with it for their anniversary. She thanked me and then went on to say, “I found it in one of those big costume ring trays at Macy’s.” Seriously, to my untrained eye, it looked like something from the fine jewelry store. It was definitely glittery….and gold. But, it wasn’t the real deal.
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How many times do we yearn for something we don’t have that appears absolutely wonderful….on the surface. The gal with the sparkling personality…the life of the party…she goes home to great emotional pain. Who would know? The guy that drives that amazing sports car….he eats soup from the can because every cent goes to pay his car lease. You create the story…what appears brilliant on the outside may be dark and dirty on the other side.
J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring penned this:
All that is gold does not glitter.
The best things in life are not all sparkly and glittery. They are loving relationships, full tummies, and sunshine. They are also a lost relationship, an empty stomach, and gray skies. How can both of these be gold? When we ‘get’ the true reality of this verse:
Everything we know is temporary. The only thing that always remains is God’s love. If we understand that for his followers, he is always with us, always working for our good, than we can see the true gold. Whatever the circumstance, God is developing us into the individuals he wants to become. When the times are more difficult, we are in the refiner’s fire. We are becoming pure and holy in that fire. And when we have those days of sunshine and goodness…we will have a reservoir to draw from. We’ll be able to love others more genuinely, generously share with those in need, and be a light in a dark world.
Maybe the ultimate contentment is trusting God to work his best in us all the time.
Though our eyes are attracted to the glittery…let’s remember that all that glitters is not gold.
Let’s look for the gold…the pure gold.
Day 23 Challenge: What kinds of glitter are you attracted to? Are you in or outside the fire? Whatever the circumstance, give thanks for it. And trust God in all things. He won’t stopping working good in you if you love and follow him.
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