Monday, November 14, 2011

Finding Diamonds in the Sewer

Roy Parrino has a job that you probably wouldn't like. Roy works in a sewer, where he helps clean out 650 miles in the Los Angeles area. Parrino says, "You really have to psych your mind up for it. You're going into the filthiest environment there is. It's like being inside a big toilet." How can a person who works in a sewer get excited about going to work every day?

The first day on the job, Roy climbed out of the sewer holding a 2-carat topaz ring that he had found. But that's not all. Parrino has found gold necklaces, bracelets, and even diamond rings while working in the sewer. When Roy goes down into the sewer, he starts looking for diamonds!

Maybe you think that the job where you work, or some person that you know, is like being in a sewer. God has placed diamonds and every sewer and it's your job to find them! There's good and bad in every situation, and you get to choose what you'll focus on. When the cameraman inside your heart zooms in on your blessings, you will give thanks. When the camera zooms in on your problems, you'll complain.

The Scripture says, "In everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:18). Many people think that "God's will" is finding the right job, the right house to buy, or the right person to marry, but none of those things can be blessed without having the right attitude. It's God's will for us to have a thankful attitude--every day, all day long.  It grieves the Holy Spirit when we complain when we're surrounded by blessings.

God wants you to search for the diamonds in your situation, even it's in a sewer. Seeing the good in your situation and giving thanks to God is what He wants to hear from you.