What Do You See?


There’s an interesting event recorded in the Old Testament involving Elisha and his servant that illustrates two types of vision.  In 2 Kings 6:15-17 we read, “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked.  ‘Don't be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’  And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”


This account illustrates two basic viewpoints of life.  The easiest, most obvious things to see in life are obstacles. They’re everywhere.  All you have to do to encounter obstacles is to set a goal and start moving toward it.  They will appear out of nowhere. 


Obstacles serve a very useful purpose.  They separate the winners from the whiners.  Whiners quit when obstacles appear.  Whiners look for problems.  Problems become excuses for unfulfilled promises.  Problems become the rationale for quitting.


Winners, on the other hand, don’t focus on the problem.  They see the problems, but they look beyond them and focus instead on the goal.  Winners are drawn by the promise to find solutions to the problem.  And in the process of overcoming the obstacles, they develop the skills, the strength, and the character necessary to handle the rewards of reaching the goal.


Whether a person is a winner or a whiner is a matter of choice.  Winning is not a matter of luck, fate, or chance.  Winning is a matter of attitude.


The world is not looking for problem finders.  The world is looking for problem solvers.  Like Elisha’s servant, ask the Lord to give you true vision.  Look for solutions.  Be a solution.