I am no economist, nor accountant. I can’t claim business experience. However, as a social entrepreneur and thinker in my time, I dare to submit an opinion.
What’s in a diamond? Everyone seems to want one. A really big one, if possible. They don’t want to eat it, they may not even want to wear it, but they must have it! What is so valuable in a diamond? Who determines the value?
I actually think the whole thing is a sham. A diamond to me is just a piece of glass. A rare and strong piece, but glass nonetheless. I believe the necessities and luxuries diamonds can afford those who have them, according to market economics, are far more valuable than the ‘treasure’ itself.
A diamond isn’t worth anything until it is being used to sustain or bless a life. The same as money. If it’s hanging on your neck, or making your clothes shiny or decorating your house, it’s a shiny piece of glass. When it is converted to a resource that supports a child’s education, feeds a family or heals a patient, it is invaluable!
So I don’t get why people trip over diamonds they want to collect or wear, but have no ambitions to use or invest. Sure it’s pretty, but even those who can afford the real thing now walk about with faux jewels, and no one can tell the difference (unless they are inspected by experts).
In my opinion, the richest people are not those who drink from bottles made of diamond, or who live in castles adorned with diamonds, or who wear nothing but diamonds. The richest people are those who are continually transforming the diamonds in their possession to resources that can help others and impact their society. They create living diamonds by taking a shiny glass, trading it for its market value, and using it to deliver a child from poverty and empower them with skills that will open opportunities up to them. The potential of that child is now greater than the value of the largest piece of diamond! That is a true and wise investment.
So, this is just a lesson to seek wealth for the right reasons. If Jesus comes and finds you adorned in diamonds, or worse – hoarding diamonds – and your community is filled with starving kids, I’m sure He will address you the way He addressed the fool who didn’t invest his talent and bring it back with interest (Matt 25:24-30)!
What is the true value of your diamond?
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