The Rose Bud
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully.Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns.
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 grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns.
We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us. 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 knowing their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul.
If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns.
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