This morning I was sipping a cup of coffee when the news caster on the radio mentioned that tonight’s Power Ball jackpot is over 800 million, and I said to my wife, “Wouldn’t it be something to win that one?”
Her reply was, “Well Don, you’d have to play for that to happen.”
“Well then I guess I won’t win it.”
My mind didn’t stop at that point; just think of all of the things I could do with that jackpot…
As I was taking a short tour of la-la land, it occurred to me that what I was really doing was thinking of everything that would suddenly be possible more than anything else, and how that kind of thinking can affect a person. For example, in the world of business, there are two kinds of people, the ones who think of the possible, and the ones who think of the obstacles to the possible. Which one is more likely to make millions, and which one is less likely?
Speaking in general terms, the one who sees the possible, views problems or obstacles as hurdles to get past, while the other guy moves on to something else, for the problems are simply too big, because he doesn’t see the possible; he holds back, while the other guy moves forward.
As an example, a guy like Donald Trump is only concerned about getting past the hurdle, not the hurdle itself. (OK, he isn’t my favorite person either, but he is a good example.)
Then my thinking moved in a different direction: Over my many years of teaching about following Jesus Christ, I’ve come across the same issue. Some people see the possible, in this case, the promises of God. Others see only problems and challenges; it’s too hard. In my experience, that seems to be their reply to most everything: “It’s just too hard!”
They go nowhere in their spiritual journey.
Abraham believed God’s promises, and he then acted accordingly. I wonder, I really wonder: What would the Kingdom look like if we all took Abraham’s view and saw only the possible, rather than dwelling on how hard the journey looks?