Parable of the Rose

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 8, 2013

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.

As I always say some people grumble that roses have thorns I am thankful that thorns have roses..

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  1. I love this…” One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.” I pray for that gift.


    • Thanks for the comment!!! I am a visual person, that is the way I learn best. This story gives me the visual that I need to try and “reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.”

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. Thank you for this. I have just shared it on my FB timeline.


  3. **This is beautiful! So glad you shared this..I’m going to attempt to post it on my FB page..Still new there and here so we’ll see if it works Lol! Stay UPlifted N blessed 🙂


      • **You’re very welcome Kenny! Been reading you for a bit now & the concept of your blog is awesome. Beautiful way of sharing with everyone..Thank you for the like 🙂 Stay UPlifted N blessed


  4. Lyn said:

    Mothers seem to have this ability when it comes to their children. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all have the same ability.


  5. I love how this is stated, “If we show them the rose, they will conquer their thorns.” Very true!


  6. "Working for Christ" said:

    I was a sharp, prickly thorn but am so grateful that my rose is finally beginning to grow! Enjoyed my smoothie with this one. Have a great day, Kenny! 🙂


  7. Every soul has value—great message! I’m reminded that “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).


  8. This set me to thinking about those who engage in crimes of all sorts. Either they don’t see a rose in themselves, or they see themselves as more important than others, or no one has pointed out the rose in them. Sin blinds–everyone. This leaves me saying, “Lord, open my eyes to others today.”


  9. a_l_henley said:

    Reblogged this on Intrepid Didymus and commented:
    WOW. This really touched my heart and made me think of how special a person who can reach past my thorns and find the rose within me…the only person that I can truly say has ever done this for me (other than just a few family members) is my Tad. Is there anyone you feel does this for you?


  10. jnowoola said:

    Deep and insightful. Enjoyed reading this


  11. Nice! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog yesterday. Blessings! 😉


  12. Ah, the mysterious plans of God who predestined us in love to become his sons through Jesus!


  13. Absolutely loved this! The last line is priceless…so glad thorns have roses! Thanks for liking my “Cracked Pot” post. 🙂

    Carol Tate
    (aka Simple Song of Joy)


  14. Thank you Kenny, for sharing such encouraging posts! Words to live by for sure, to see others as Jesus sees them. I am blessed each time I read your posts, and you give me much to think about. Thank you, and God bless! – Amber


  15. And, just think if we only see the thorns and never see the beauty. Giving up is not an option–we should never give up trying to find the beauty in us and in others… 🙂 Thank you, Kenny! 🙂 Dry eyes 🙂 and happy!!! 😀 Take care!


  16. Paul J. Stam said:

    Isn’t it interesting that we can see thorns in others, but not in ourselves. – So glad you liked “Rulers-Chapter 3” in Paper, Mud and Me. – Again, Happy New Year.


  17. Great article! You know the great thing about the Lord is when we are getting dry he knows when to water us take care Godbless


  18. A beautiful post. One cannot but look at the rose (with its thorns) and think of the glory of God.
    There are so many sweet messages within.
    Thank you for your encouraging “like” on my blog.


  19. A beautiful post thank you.
    One cannot help but look at the rose (with its thorns) and see the glory of the Lord.
    So many messages within.
    Thank you for your encouraging “link” on my blog.


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