It’s bank holiday Monday, so I’ve uploaded the last of this particular series – pre written. It’s on love, and it happens to be an assembly that I was asked to write for the end of last term. I am a true believer in digging for gold, and I believe that a group of women choosing to do this, could completely change a community. So ladies, rather than worrying about the dirt, let’s look for the Gold in each other…
“We are what we repeatedly do”
This year the Guinness World Records celebrated its 60th anniversary. The book is published annually, listing world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
Human achievements like those of Gary Bashaw Jr who in 1999 set the record for most milkshake dispensed through the nose! That is almost as weird at in 2008 where Kevin Shelley set the record for most toilet seats broken by one’s head in one minute by shattering 46!
Some people want to excel at very weird things…
It got me thinking…’If I could be excellent in something what would it be?’
…very quickly I had my answer; I would excel at cookie making.
How do I, therefore, develop a habit of excellence in my chosen subject?
1. Believe (I can do this)
2. Be intentional (immerse self in cookie knowledge and practice regularly)
3. Persevere (excellence is not a quick easy journey but it’s worth it)
We will not all excel at everything – But is there anything we could all excel in?
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Of all the gifts and skills we can excel in, it gains nothing if we do not love.
We should excel in love.
We can be so quick to judge people. Quick to air dirty laundry, to bring them down and yet we know that pain too.
I don’t count myself out, I have wanted to do that to someone. I was hurt, I wanted people to see this person’s flaws and weaknesses. On a chance encounter with a mutual friend I took opportunity to divulge. Their response surprised me. He said,
“I see that I think many people do. But I’ve made a decision to be a golddigger.”
I’m not talking about starting relationships in order to attain money, or excelling in picking your nose! I’m talking about the process of panning to find gold. A person who looks for gold is willing to get out into the mud to find that one glimpse of it, and when they find it, they show it off so everyone else can see – I have found GOLD.
My friend chose to look for GOLD in people, something amazing about them, something great- and sometimes something hidden. He choose kindness and love; to believe everyone had a nugget of Gold worth finding. He told me that he was willing to ‘wade through the mud’ acknowledging that it was there but choosing to believe there was something in them worth more. Then he would make it shine and put it on display for others to see. He would not give in to others that chose to only see the mud. I think that is someone who truly knows how to love people. Not romantic love but fierce love that chooses to build rather than break people.
There is this story known as the women at the well. She is known for being a woman who has been married at least 5 times, and now lives with a man who is not her husband. She is an outcast, an untouchable. Yet Jesus chooses not to shame her about this; instead he sees gold, he uncovers it and makes it shine and her life is transformed.
Develop excellence in gold digging. If we are what we repeated do, then repeatedly choose to dig for gold.
How do we do this?
2. Be intentional
3. Persevere – even if people do not appreciate it
If we are repeatedly diggers of gold, excelling at it then we will truly become RICH