Remind them, they are Diamonds…

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We forget how great those around us can be. We put aside their stories of what they’ve overcome and accomplished. Sometimes, to get everyday life stuff done, we have our head down in details without acknowledging how amazing the people are that we work and serve with. Lift your head up. Take time to celebrate people around you — remind them…they are diamonds. Get away somewhere and hear this song. What are you doing to let people around you know they are valuable and their story has life?

I had the chance to meet up with a friend to see Johnnyswim a couple weekends ago. You may have seen them featured on VH-1 or in the recent Relevant Magazine spread. I’ve been amazed with their music and the live show did not disappoint. The title track from their recent release, Diamonds, grips and inspires. Hearing them perform the song live you realize it’s an anthem.

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I’ve noticed some churches like Crosspoint.tv and Elevation Church opening their services with it lately to remind their people they’re valued and their stories are well-earned. There’s a specific type of inspiration that lives in the words of letting people know they are “fire from the sun” and they can “rise from the dust”. The killer shots above were two of many taken in Columbus by creative and photographer Beth Mowry. Thanks Beth.

Who has put out songs about diamonds?

Kanye, Jay-z, Common, Big Sean, Rihannah, Paul Simon, Ben Harper, Transplants, Mac Miller, Dierks Bentley, Bono, Elton John and many more… but this one from Johnnyswim shines.

Thanks JS.

Lyrics to Diamonds by Johnnyswim

In the wake of every heartache
In the depth of every fear
There were diamonds, diamonds
Waiting to break out of here.Don’t you think I hear the whispers
Those subtle lies, those angry pleas
There just demons, demons
Wishing they were free like me.We’re the fire, from the sun
We’re the light when the day is done
We are the brave, the chosen ones
We’re the diamonds, diamonds
Rising up out the dust.Oh oh…rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust
All your curses will surrender
Every damning word will kneel
They’re just mountains, mountains
about to turn into fields.We’re the fire, from the sun
We’re the light when the day is done
We are the brave, we’re the chosen ones
We’re the diamonds, diamonds

Rising up out the dust.

Oh oh…rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust
Oh oh……rising up out the dust

You’ve taken down
So many others
Oh but you’ll know my name when you see
And in these ashes I’m stronger still
You’ll learn to feel my pain, yeah you will.

You’ve taken down
So many others
Oh but you’ll know my name when you see
And in these ashes I’m stronger still
You’ll learn to feel my pain, yeah you will.
You’ll learn to feel my pain, yeah you will, yeah you will, yeah you will.

We’re the fire, from the sun
We’re the light when the day is done
We are the brave, we are the chosen ones
We’re the diamonds, diamonds
We’re the diamonds, diamonds
We’re the diamonds, diamonds
We’re the diamonds, diamonds
Rising up out the dust.

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