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Girlfriend Secrets of Success

Rachel Olsen

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"The Pearl"
by Rachel Olsen

I have a thing for bling. Diamonds are decidedly not a girl's best friend; nonetheless, I understand the sentiment behind the saying. I've dreamed of a trip to Tiffany's or Cartier's.

Pierre Cartier purchased the Fifth Avenue mansion that is his New York jewelry store for $100 cash, plus a double strand of rare natural pearls. That double strand Mr. Cartier paid with in 1917 was valued at $1 million!

A couple years ago I decided I wanted a classy strand of pearls. Ever the comparison shopper, I discovered the retail mark-up at physical jewelry stores can be three times as high as at online retailers.

That's money I could save and spend on other things. But I'd have to buy the necklace sight-unseen. Could be risky.

What's a gal to do? Pay full retail with the assurance of getting something of quality? Or, save some money to spend on other desires and risk receiving something of little worth in return?

This is really the question of our lives.

What is worth "paying retail" for?

Jesus tells us the Kingdom of God is. See what I mean in Matthew chapter 13 where He compares the Kingdom of God to a pearl of superb quality:

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!" (Matthew 13:45-46).

Jesus compared His Kingdom to jewelry - this is a God after my own heart.

The pearl merchant Jesus described searched single-mindedly for quality treasure. He wasn't swayed by just any pretty gem; he was looking to invest in the best. And when he found it, he didn't hesitate to pay full retail price.

I admire him - ready to invest all he had once he found a treasure worthy of such sacrifice. He knew what was most valuable, and he stayed after it. He boldly invested all he had, and was happy with that decision.

I want to be a woman like that - a woman decisively investing my life in the Kingdom of God without waver and without regret.

Are you banking everything on the notion that Jesus Christ is the supreme pearl? That's the underlying question of the parable of the pearl buyer, and the underlying question of our lives.

Friends, what price will we ultimately pay if we misjudge the worth of the Kingdom and take up with counterfeit pearls?

I decided against buying a strand of pearls, and determined instead to sport some biblical bling. I fasten my cross around my neck, telling anyone who will listen that Jesus is the choicest pearl a gal could find. He is a girl's best friend.

So I'm choosing to put on Christ as my million-dollar, double-strand pearl necklace day after day. And I want to settle it in my heart that any sacrifice I make for Him or His Kingdom is worth more than the time, money or effort it may require of me.

What about you - are you willing to sell out to the one true thing worth selling out to?

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