"Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth." Proverbs 17:24
It is a pity for a young man who cannot see any opportunities where he is, but thinks he can do better somewhere else. The facilities of modern technology satellite television and the internet have developed in many youths the desire to move about for greener pastures.
They think if they could go to Britain, or to America, or almost anywhere but not where they happen to be, they could succeed. "This roving habit is death to concentration"..
It ruins the ability to focus on what is readily available. It destroys aspiration; it develops the habit of discontent. .
In his very instructive lecture titled “Acres of Diamonds”, Russell H. Conwell tells the story of Ali Hafed, a wealthy farmer. He left his farm and family and went on a journey to distant lands in search of diamonds..
He met poverty, hardships, starvation and death. Meanwhile, the man who bought Ali Hafed's farm discovered 'acres of diamonds' in the gardens of that farm..
What a pity! Had Ali Hafed been content to seek his fortunes at home, had he tilled his own garden, instead of going abroad in search of wealth, he would have been one of the richest men in the world!.
The word of God to you this morning is true: “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.” (Proverbs 17:24).
Stop your daydreaming about going overseas. See the opportunities for success that abound around you. Your brain and ten fingers are "acres of diamonds" enough, use them..
Challenge: A determined and willing youth will find a way or make one.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to the opportunities for greatness that abound all around me.