Day 353: Diamond In The Rough (December 19)

As you step into this day, I want to challenge you to seek out a diamond in the rough.

“What’s that?”, you say.  Well, look around your life, examine the people you interact with daily and ask God to highlight their potential.  Ask Him to show you their value and their strengths.  Instead of taking people at face value, look at their heart.

Has God placed a challenging person in your life?  You know what I mean, the kind of person who really rubs you the wrong way.  My challenge to you today is this, instead of thinking about how irritating that person is, ask God to show you their heart.  Ask Him to highlight their strengths.  Ask Him to show you the diamond inside them.  The diamond in the rough.

People who act miserably, do so for a reason.  But we all have gold inside.  We all have potential.  None of us is beyond the reach of God.  None of us is immune to His touch.  Maybe, just maybe, you are in that person’s life to call out the good inside of them.  You may only need to pray about it with God.  But there may also be opportunities for you to affirm that person.

One of the greatest things I’ve done for my husband and kids is to call out the things God has shown me about them.  Like saying, “You are created to ________”.  Or “I love the way God made you to do ________ so well.”

I would say those things even if the person wasn’t acting on it yet.  I would see what God showed me about them and then as encouragement and affirmation, I would say, “I see this really good thing inside of you.  Do you see it too?”

That’s not lying.  That’s calling the dry bones to life!

Will you allow God to use you to call life to dry bones today?

He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being, things that were not.  Romans 4:17b

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”  Ezekiel 37:4-6