Thorns First, Rose Next

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 23, 2001

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 just 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, 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 of another, and find the rose within them.

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  1. And so many see everyone else’s thorns with critical eyes. Saddens me to think of it on both sides of the coin. God wants us to love Him. Love others. Love ourselves.


  2. How beautiful and how true! 😀 Have a great and blessed day! 😀


  3. Yes I see the rosé waiting to blossom in my true love. He obviously doesn’t and chases all the wrong things. But one must persevere yes?:-) I have faith!


  4. We are all born sinners, that can in no way save ourselves (Romans 3:23)… God has to drawn us in first (John 6:44), and then we must hear and understand the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… Jesus teaches us about the sower (the Christian who shares the gospel) and the 4 kinds of soil, in His “Parable of the Sower” in…Matthew 13:1-23…
    Here is the link…

    It is the one who receives the gospel of Christ, and understands it by obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…who God receives into His family…

    Matthew 13:23… “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (NKJV)

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  5. Love this one Kenny T! Love it because there’s no requirement to be rid of the thorns before we can see beauty. What an awesome picture of how God must see us!
    Be blessed!


  6. Reblogged this on Gods group and commented:
    It’s all about sharing the gospel of Christ as a Christian, and allowing God to draw a sinner to Himself (John 6:44); and then the obedience of the unredeemed sinner to the gospel of Christ, to be graced with salvation by God…
    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  7. The rose in a Christian is a transplant, put there by the grace and mercy of God, not a native flower, just requiring a little water!


  8. James said:

    This past week or so has been “thorns” among humanity. Our only hope is that the rose will bloom before it’s too late.


  9. “A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” Isaiah 42:3


    • FlorK said:

      I never saw this beautiful verse before – thank you for singling it out!


  10. Mary said:

    This was too good not to re-post. I shared with my friends on FaceBook.


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