The Refinery

A few weeks ago, I was binge watching sermons and wig reviews on YouTube, when a suggested video was waiting in the queue for me to view next. “How to make an engagement ring” was its title, yet I was trying to figure out what did that have to do with wigs and the word of God. Normally, videos are suggested to you based upon what you are watching or have watched. Again, I didn’t understand the logic for it, nor was I intrigued or interested in learning how to make an engagement ring. Nonetheless, I clicked on it. Shortly into watching the tutorial, I begin to eat my words. It was amazing to see a piece of tarnished metal morph into an exquisitely beautiful, diamond ring. I sat in awe and astonishment, because I had just watched how a man was able to take nothing, and turn it into something spectacular. I immediately thought, “Wow, that sounds just like God.”

I suddenly realized that, although the video had no correlation to hair and Theology, it was no coincidence that I was watching it. I was reminded that, just as a ring goes through a refinery process, so do we. Initially, we start out rough and tarnished, but over time, we are purified and transformed into something absolutely breathtaking. All of the impurities from the trials and tribulations we’ve gone through are stripped and shaped into great things, such as wealth, strength, courage, power and so much more. However, in order for us to get that something, we’ve got to go through something. To everything, there’s a process. The question is, “Do you want to go through the process, or do you just want the results the process produced?” You want to be successful, but you don’t want to put in the work. You want to be a parent, but you don’t want the responsibility. You want to be a business owner, but you don’t want the “no’s”, “denials” and “delays”.

Get this, every time you say no to the process, you’re only delaying your progress!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

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