The story is told of a man who lives on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbours. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed a strange rock sticking out of the ground. He took it home, washed it, then took it to the jeweler.
The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone, which had been in the field for thousands of years, was a large uncut emerald worth millions of dollars. The gem had been in the field all along, waiting for someone to come find it. Over the years, people had walked past the cloaked emerald thousands of times and ignored it because it looked like nothing more than an ordinary rock. But unfortunately, we rarely see what we are not looking for.
When we discover something, we find something that already exists even though we weren’t aware of it. You have to see it before you can be it or experience it. It’s not what you watch that matters; it’s what you see that counts. Returning to our emerald example, the original owners looked at the stone for many years, but the new owner saw it. The original owners knew the rock; they knew it. However, the new owner “recognized” the stone and did something about it. There is a big difference there. We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all see the same horizon.
Author Mike Murdock sheds light on the principle of recognition. “Anything you don’t recognize, you don’t appreciate. Anything you don’t appreciate, you don’t celebrate. Anything that you don’t celebrate can eventually leave your life. In other words, the opportunity of a lifetime must be taken during the lifetime of the opportunity. And when the occasion wants to dance with you, you better be on the dance floor. Do you know the definition of POOR? It’s missing out on opportunities repeatedly.
Consider this statement. There could be something you don’t recognize today, and it could cost you dearly. It’s right under your nose. This is the question that really matters in your life, but for some reason you keep walking by the emerald in your field. Just like the new owner who recognized the emerald, identifying your emerald could take you from the outbuilding to the penthouse. And when you act on what you need to act on, you discover the emerald in your field. Conversely, nothing happens if nothing happens. Ask these previous owners.
As a pastor and employer since 1974, Christians and non-Christians alike have called me or come to me saying, “I’m overwhelmed with all my problems. I am in crisis. Being someone who has been in the same “overproblematic and underachieving” situation as people, I shared an emerald of truth that I discovered in my difficult times.
Here is the emerald of truth. Believe it or not, most people don’t have a lot of problems; they have one main problem that causes all the other problems. It’s like a traffic jam. A log falls on the other side of the river and the other logs coming down the river pile up behind this log. Not much will happen if you focus on the stacked logs behind the big log.
If you remove the large log causing the jam, all the other logs float in the river. The same goes for problems; remove the one problem that creates all the other problems, and many, if not all, of the problems float down the river. Very often, recognizing the only log in our lifestream is the upward exit. Gratitude releases the emerald in our domain. Ah!
What log do you need to recognize to clog your river? It may be a debt. You may need to sell something to pay off a debt. Tell yourself, “I don’t care what I drive, where I live, or what I have to do to pay off this debt.” So do it. Some of you have to go back to school and complete your education. Start now. You may be thinking, “But I’m in love. I know Alan Jackson sang the song “Livin’ on Love”. Please note: The bank does not accept love notes!
What about relationship issues? Guys, don’t you want to deal with this? “I’m not emotional.” Yes you are. You keep pushing him down. Stop repressing, repressing and expressing, and start confessing. Your marriage breaks up, and in another year the gap can be so big that you won’t be living in the same house. Stop pretending. Love is grand. The divorce is a hundred thousand dollars. Maybe you’re in a romantic relationship and you’re saying, “He completes me.” But those who love you say, “He is completely wrong.
On the plus side, it may be a business you need to start, a new career path, launch a new ministry, make new business contacts, form new alliances, expand your boundaries, or do things where you want to. can. Accept the challenge! (Thanks to Pastor Dan Steffan of Pure Heart Church for some of these “log” thoughts).
Wow, that’s it. The opportunity is often missed because we broadcast when we could be listening.
Ed Delph is a renowned author of 10 books, as well as a pastor, teacher, former business owner, and speaker. He has traveled widely, having visited over 100 countries. He is president of NationStrategy, a non-profit organization involved in uplifting and transforming communities around the world. For more information, see nationstrategy.com. He can be contacted at [email protected].