PARABLE OF THE ROSE.
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns
upon the stem and he thought…
How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?
Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose: The God-like qualities planted in us at birth growing amid the thorns of our faults. Many
of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the
good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach
past the thorns and find the rose within others.
This is the characteristic of love…. To look at a person and know their true faults. Accepting that person into your life, while recognizing the nobility
in their soul. Help them to realize that they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they
blossom many times over.