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One day a woman I knew approached me with a somewhat unusual request. Slipping a rather large diamond ring from her finger, she handed it to me. She said she wanted to donate the ring to a charitable cause which she named. “My late husband gave me this ring,” she said. “It’s a very expensive diamond.”

The ring was later appraised by two reliable jewelers. The first jeweler wasn’t interested in the ring. He said it was of little value, no more than $15 or $20. The other jeweler in another city took the ring and placed it in his microscope. “Take a look,” he said. “See how dark and dull it looks inside?” It did look a lot like a lump of coal. “I can buy diamonds like this one in wholesale lots for around $20 each.”

Appraised by God's Standards

You know, things are not always what they appear to be. Either this woman’s husband had fooled her, or someone had fooled him. Some things to which we may attach great value, are of little value when appraised by God’s standards.

Over the years, I’ve visited with a number of people who were terminally ill. I’ve never heard any of them say, “You know, my only regret is that I spent too much time with my family and loved ones. I just wish I had spent more time at my job, and in accumulating more wealth. I’m sorry I’ve wasted so much time helping others.”

We need to value the things that Heaven values. Our lives and the lives of those we love. Our family, our friends and our neighbors are more precious to God than anything else. In the Bible He calls them His jewels. One day He will say of those who have been faithful to Him: “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them my jewels” (Malachi 3:17).

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