"When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath." Esther 3:5
A group of people were shown a large sheet of white cardboard with a small, black dot in the center. The leader of the group asked them, "What do you see?" Everyone responded that they saw a black dot. "Yes," replied the leader, "but what about all the white cardboard around it?"
It's easy to focus on the "black dot" and forget the rest. Haman did. The multitudes were bowing to him, but he focused on Mordecai, and in the end, it did him in. In fact, after sharing with his family and friends about all his wealth and honors, he concluded in Esther 5:13 "Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate" One negative outweighed all the positive.
How foolish we are when we allow a single flaw to destroy the many blessings that God has brought into our lives. We discredit our family when all we can see are their faults. We show disrespect for our pastor when we focus on his weakness and forget his many strengths. Most of all we do a disservice to God when all that is negative engulfs us and all that is positive escapes us.
Are we letting the negatives in our life outweigh the positives? Let's focus on all the good that comes from your circumstances and thank God for that. You may be gratified to discover that the "white space" in your life is far greater than the "black dot."
COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, EVERY DOUBT WILL FLY,
AND YOU WILL BE SINGING AS THE DAYS GO BY.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS; NAME THEM ONE BY ONE.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS; SEE WHAT GOD HATH DONE.
May the Lord bless you richly today, and never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!