The Sympathetic Jewel

By: Wanda Fielder

    I recently came upon the term ‘sympathetic jewel’ in reference to an opal which happens to be the gemstone of Australia.  It is commonly found in the fissures of almost any kind of rock.  Although they are found around the world, Australia produces 95% of opals.    Having never heard the term ‘sympathetic jewel’ previously, I decided to research and see to what it referred.  I discovered that the opal is rather a lackluster and dull jewel until it comes in contact with the warmth of human hands.  By simply holding it in one’s hand for a few minutes, it takes on a gleam and produces opalescent beauty. 

This little thought quickly brought my attention to working with people and how our treating of them can bring out the best in them.  Showing warmth, trust and belief in a person can cause them to shine and even sparkle.  By embracing them with the love of God, we encourage their confidence to soar.

I have worked with the music in our church for almost forty years and create the schedule for singers and musicians.  It has been my endeavor to discover hidden talents and encourage beginners to use their talents for the Lord.  Often, I was turned down at the first invitation, mostly because of feelings of inadequacy, but with a little persistence and encouragement I was able to add new voices and talents to our schedule.  It has been amazing to see shy and hidden talent come to light just by praise and support.

How are you treating people?  A touch of kindness goes a long way.  An old saying states that people forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.  It is vital that we bear the fruit of the Spirit which defines us as a Christian. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.
Galations 5:22, 23 



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