August 7, 2022
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
We all like sparkly things. In our world today, we call it bling. But there’s a difference between real and bling. People are like that, some are just bling and others are real.
Over the years, I’ve learned the difference between high quality diamonds that sparkle and glitter, and diamonds of lower quality that have no luster about them at all. Maybe that’s why I so enjoy window shopping at a fine jewelry store.
If there ever comes a time to buy a diamond, always take it away from the counter and look at it under normal lighting conditions. In the display case there are really bright lights which make even poor diamonds, sparkle.
People are a lot like diamonds. Some sparkle and glimmer while others don’t. Those whom you think are of high quality, once outside the display case, lose their appeal. Then there are those who, no matter the light, never shine out.
Sometimes though, it’s those who are the least among us, with a little polishing and love, that glow the brightest. On the other hand, all of us want to be around people who are natural shining stars, but often, when not in the limelight, they disappoint.
Sometimes the friends we choose are like brilliant diamonds that last forever. At other times, there are friends that are there just for a season, and soon lose their shine.
Proverbs 17:17 says this about friends. “A friend loves at all times….” Who is the one friend you can count on at all times? His name is JESUS!
I know I need a lot of polishing, but thanks for being my friend!! 😊
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.