We live in a world today that is inundated with things that are not real. We have artificial sweeteners, we have artificial ingredients in most of our processed foods, artificial flowers, artificial fur clothing, and we even have artificial body parts that can be surgically implanted. Our world is absolutely full of things that are designed to be a convincing substitute for the real thing. Several years ago we all witnessed the arrival of “reality” television programs. I suppose that even Hollywood realized that mainstream America was craving to see something that is real. Unfortunately even the supposed “reality” television programs are not completely real, being that they are directed and edited to only show the content and the scenes that the producers and directors want America to see. After all, they have a show to try to sell to the television networks and all of America.
I began to think about all the things we have in society today that surround us trying to pass as the real thing. One of the things that came to my mind was cubic zirconia jewelry. Cubic zirconia is a material that may look very attractive, glitter like a diamond, have very much of the same appearances of a genuine diamond, and to the untrained eye, may go undetected as an imposter for the real thing. As I began to think about the relationship between cubic zirconia and genuine diamonds, a thought occurred to me. Often in life, people choose to settle for a cheap imitation, when all along the genuine article is available if they would simply take more time, be a bit more selective, and look for it. Sadly in life we often surround ourselves with people that we are convinced are our true friends, and have our best interests at heart, only to find out later that what we thought was a diamond, was really a much less valuable cubic zirconia.
I am convinced that often people unconsciously become artificial and not the genuine person that they were meant to be because in an effort to please someone else, they try to be something that they are not. When we get so focused on pleasing other people, and lose focus of the fact that the only one we need to please is God, we begin to try to fit ourselves into the mold that others expect of us. When we do that, we become an imitation of what God meant for us to be, and not the genuine article. We settle for being a cubic zirconia when God created us to be diamonds. The great actress Judy Garland once said, “Be a first rate version of yourself, and not a second rate version of someone else.”
Everyone in life is looking for something or someone in life that is real and genuine. Very few people like a fake or a phony, and if they settle for an imitation, the satisfaction brought about by the cheap imitation is usually short lived. At the end of the day, the person still wants to find something to replace the emptiness that is left by the imitation, and can only be filled by something genuine.
So, in summary…here are my thoughts about all of this. First of all…be genuine and real. Don’t try to be something or someone you’re not. Someone once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” There may be someone looking for a person with characteristics and qualities that you would display if you were being yourself. Don’t waste time trying to be someone you’re not simply to fit into a mold that you don’t belong in. Secondly, don’t settle for surrounding yourself with a crowd of cubic zirconia imitations, when God wants to surround you with diamonds. Pray for God to place the right people in your path, and He will. When we surround ourselves with people who are the genuine article, are genuinely caring and are not superficial imitations of the diamonds that God wants us to associate with…we will live a much happier life and reach heights that we would never be able to achieve otherwise.
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