“Those who are wise will shinelike the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”Daniel 12:2-4During my recent lesson in lapidary I was intrigued by the use of diamonds in cutting other stones.
A Diamond is the hardest gem stone on the Mohs scale and the only thing hard enough to cut a diamond is another diamond.
In lapidary the stone cutting and polishing wheels are impregnated with industrial grade diamonds.
“This looks and sounds dangerous” I remarked as I approached the cutting machine, “are you sure I won’t cut myself”?
“Touch the wheel and see” said my instructor, I did, and to my surprise it wasn’t sharp at all, there was no chance I could cut myself, what a relief!
The qualities in the hardness of the diamond means it cuts without being sharp and without force.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘Adamos’ meaning ‘unbreakable’.
Diamonds have long been prized for their rarity, beauty and superlative, reflective qualities.
Each diamond has 57 facets and each facet perfectly reflects light. Diamond cutting is a particular skill and the world market is controlled by just a hand full of companies. The skill of diamond cutting is closely guarded adding to their high value.
Diamonds are graded by their colour, cut, carat (Weight) and clarity.
All of this got me thinking about what we mean when we call someone a diamond and the lessons to be learned from the superlative, highly prized qualities of diamonds.
Perhaps a rough diamond is someone with huge potential that is untrained?
A true leader should be like a diamond, able to say ‘I’ve been cut 57 times and every cut reflects light.’
Like diamonds a leader is called to skillfully cut and shape other ‘living stones’ in building the kingdom of God.
As the quoted verse suggests we are called to shine like diamonds as we seek to lead others to Christ.
Are we able to shape others based on our own experience, strengths and qualities without being sharp, causing pain or inflicting damage?
Do we proudly display our true colours?
Is our life weighted by the Word of God?
Does our lifestyle preach a clear message of love?
Genuine diamonds come with natural inclusions or flaws, yet still reflect light and display true diamond qualities. A flawless diamond is very rare indeed and is considered fake until tested as otherwise.
My Diamond Prayer
Dear heavenly father, yes I’ve been cut a few times on this journey, with each cut you skillfully shaped me for such a time as this.
May each cut, like the facet on a diamond Clearly reflect your light and your love.
May my faith be strong and real enough to shape those I lead without being sharp or causing damage or pain.
May my life and actions clearly speak your truth.
May my true colours be the colours of your love.
May I always shine for you like a diamond cut for your crown!
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