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Extravagant Love
Ron Lodholz

Ron Lodholz

Owner, Chief Designer
& Graduate Gemologist

Extravagant Love

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and wondered why you do what you do? Have you ever questioned the relevance of your career? I have. I came to a place where I wondered if anything I was doing had any positive eternal consequence. I questioned how making pretty baubles, even really nice well-made baubles was doing anything to make the world a better place? Then an old story and some time with God made me realize that there was a reason for what I do, and a purpose to my profession.

One day I was reading the story of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32) I came to the end of the story when the son comes home.  The father rejoices. Then he puts shoes on his son’s feet and a ring on his finger.  A ring on his finger!  I began to ponder this reference to jewelry in the teachings of Jesus.  Why would Jesus mention this?  What does it mean to me?  The obvious answer was there.  The ring would serve as a reminder of the day the son received grace from his father.  Just as an engagement ring is a reminder of the day when a couple decides to make a vow of marriage.  Did this story have more to teach me?

I pondered and prayed for days.  One day while praying about this puzzle a picture came to my mind.  It was an old man with a boy on his knee. The boy said, “Tell me about your ring, Grandpa.”  And just like that I understood. The ring was not only a reminder for the son in the parable; it was a catalyst. It was a visible, tangible, conversation starter. Given so that the story of grace would be shared.  So how would I apply this to my work?

Is it possible that the work of my hands could also serve in this same way?



We live in a time when we use an electronic interface to contact more people in any given day than we reach face to face.  I believe that we are living in a world starved for human connection, for authentic relationships.  I also believe we are created to do extravagant things for the people we love.  We are made in God’s image, and He has done extravagant things for us.  When we show our feelings for our loved ones with an extravagant act, it strums hardwired heartstrings that God has placed in each of us.  We are doing something that reflects God’s character. 

So what is my response to this?



I was given a talent to create jewelry. I have developed this talent for years.  It is what I do.  How do I honor God with that gift?  The answer was becoming clear.  Since this revelation, we have put more and more of our efforts into one of a kind, hand crafted jewelry.  I truly believe that when human hands create, when real thought, time, and talent go into that creation, the end result is not only visibly different, but there is also a tactile difference, it lasts longer, and there is noticeable human quality that is both pleasing and good.  Most importantly though, when something is prayerfully designed and created intentionally, and lovingly by human hands it will serve as a catalyst for the story of extravagant love to be told, and retold. And in this retelling the world becomes just a little bit better. 

It is my prayer that every piece of jewelry from Stonehaven, tells the story of extravagant love. Take the time to share your story, you will be glad you did.

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Olympic medals come in bronze, silver and what other metal?

Melody

September 07, 2011

This reminds me of 1 John 3:1 ~ The most extravagant love ever demonstrated ~ Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God…

It also reminds me of the Steven Curtis Chapman song “Do Everything”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEqdDdvFXZ0

Thanks, Ronnie, for sharing this testimony.

SandeeJene Bizzell Hales

November 16, 2011

I love your new website!  Fabulous designs!  I’m having a hard time narrowing down my WISH list for CHRISTmas!!