Acres of Diamonds Part 1
ACRES OF DIAMONDS PART I
There was once a farmer who lived in Africa and after a meeting with a visitor became very excited about looking for diamonds. You see diamonds were selling in abundance on the African continent and this farmer was excited about the idea of becoming wealthy. He was so excited in fact; he sold his farm and headed in search of an untapped diamond mine that would bring him the riches he was in search of.
He wandered aimlessly through the African continent in search of this diamond mine with results to the contrary. Many years went by and now he was broke, frustrated and hopeless so he threw himself into a river and drowned. Strangely the new owner of the farm observed an unusual looking rock that was egg shaped in the field attached to his farm and placed it on his mantle, a visitor observed this egg shaped rock and went hysterical. He asked the man where he got the rock, the owner told him the farm is full of them. This turned out to be the richest diamond mine ever known. The man who went searching for diamonds didn’t realize he was already rich with diamonds if he would have only utilized the land he was already blessed with.
AND THEY ASKED JESUS MASTER WHERE IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM NOR WILL PEOPLE SAY HERE IT IS OR THERE IT IS BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS IN YOU (LUKE 17:21)
You have in your possession untold valuables that if you took the time to develop, if you would only seek the value of what you already have, you would be blessed with wealth, happiness and a life beyond your current belief. This society has us accustomed to searching for greener pastures in untold places that are unfounded and never existed. Everything that glitters may not be all that valuable and everyone in the spotlight may not have worth. Start where you are with what you have and be who you are. But most people search to be something they could never be.
Have you ever seen a man do anything of great value by following the crowd? Can anyone think for themselves when the thoughts of another are in the place of his or her own thoughts? In this situation who is really doing the thinking? Is it possible to live your dreams while attempting to imitate the dreams of another? NO…..TWO THINGS CANT OCCUPY THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME.
The bed you lay on, the home you sleep in, the school you learn in, the television you watch, the stove you cook on, the designer clothes you desire, the church or temple you go to, the condition of life you are currently living etc….. They all have one thing in common, THEY ALL CAME FROM THE MIND OF MEN & WOMEN.
You, I and all those around us were born unique, what riches do you have lying around in your mind collecting dust? Do you realize that if you don’t pull the riches from your mind into reality you will deprive the world and rob the creator of the talents and gifts he blessed you with? To seek greener pastures in another place without realizing you have the ability to develop the pasture you are in, into whatever you desire is a mistake of the dumb deaf and blind.
Where would we be if Gustave Trouve hadn’t developed the first practical vehicle (car), how would we keep the streets safe if Garret Morgan had not developed from his own mind the first traffic signal. If it wasn’t for Thomas Edison and Granville T. Woods we would still light our homes with oil lamps, it would be hard to manage today without the use of the light bulb. Where would we be if a young black kid from jamaica called Kool Herc didn’t lay the seeds for the development of an art form called Hip-Hop that many from my generation has used to get information, entertainment and life across to the masses. The mind of a Honorable Louis Farrakhan who called for a million black men to meet in Washington D.C. many thought it couldn’t be done and were amazed when over 2 million men showed up in peace.
The ideal situation for a man or woman to die is to have family members standing with them
as they cross over. But imagine, if you will, being on your death-bed, and standing around
your bed are the ghosts of the ideas, the abilities, the talents, the gifts, the dreams given to you
by life. That you, for whatever reason, never pursued those dreams. You never did anything
with those ideas. You never used those talents. You never used those gifts. You never took
advantage of those opportunities. And there they are, standing around your bed, looking at
you before you take your last dying breath, looking at you with angry eyes saying, “We came
to you, and only you could have given us life and now we must die with you forever.”
Dr. Howard Thurman
– Menelek Shah