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The Rose Within

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada


A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully,
and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud
that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he
thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant
burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this
thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it
was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a
rose. The God like qualities planted in us a birth grow
amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves
and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking
that nothing good can possible come from us. We neglect to
water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never
realize our potential.

Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone
else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person
can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find
the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love,
to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the
nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome
his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns.
Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a
hundred-fold as it is given to him.

Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their
roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love
we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our
own garden.

- http://www.godswork.org/encouragement51.htm