You are strong raw material

Sewing needles that are used in this magic trick.

Sewing needles that are used in this magic trick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J.C. Penney – who did a lot of things right said this,


“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I drew in all my difficulties.”


What a great way to look at the problematic experiences we have!


Another way is to think of things in new light – like the following example which I found to share:


One of the items in Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a picture of a plain bar of iron. It is valued at $5.


The same bar of iron has a far different value, however, if it is fashioned into different items.


            As a pair of horse hoses, it would be worth $50.


            Made into sewing needles, it would be worth $5,000


            Formed into balance springs for fine Swiss watches, it would be worth $500,000


The raw material is not what is important. What’s important is how the raw material is developed!

 It’s the experience that each bar of iron went through to transform that gives it the value.

Each of us has been given talents and abilities – some have received more, others less, but all have received unique gifts from God.


The value of these raw materials, however, is debatable unless we develop and use our talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts as a force for divine good in this world.


Interesting way to view things in a new light isn’t it? What experiences or iron examples do you have in your life that you can view in new ways?


Remember you create your day by the way you think. Make it magnificent!


Blessings, Shawna


~ by Shawna Schuh on March 29, 2012.

4 Responses to “You are strong raw material”

  1. What a great lesson and philosophy and I love the visual images you provide to help embed it in my mind.

  2. Another great post! I appreciate the analogy to a bar of iron. The more work we’re willing to do on ourselves, the more value we can bring to others.

    • Thanks for the like and comments – especially with the busyness of life on line!
      The quest to continue to bring value to clients is a wonderful adventure I think and it sounds like you do too!
      Blessings, Shawna

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