The story is told of an older gentleman who lived next door to a young teenage boy. Over the years the older man and the teenage boy developed a good friendship. Often the teenager would help the older man in his garage or around the house. The man told the teenager that he wanted the young boy to have the freedom to borrow any of his tools if he should ever need them. The man said there were only two requirements: first, he must let him know which tool he was borrowing and second, he must let him know when he was borrowing the tool because he did not want to lose any of them. The arrangement worked out well for a period of time.
One day the man was in his garage looking for a particular wrench but, he could not find it. Suddenly, a sick feeling hit him in the pit of his stomach that the teenage boy had broken his trust by neither telling him that he had borrowed the tool nor which specific tool he had taken. Again, those were the only two requirements the gentleman had requested from the young boy.
That afternoon the older man saw the teenager next door at his house mowing the grass. He began to think to himself, “That teenager has let me down. He has turned out to be a thief. I cannot believe he would do something like that.” One morning the older man saw the teenager leaving for school on the school bus. Again, he thought to himself, “That young boy has really disappointed me. He has turned out to be a thief.” A few days later he saw the boy getting in his car to go off for the afternoon and again he thought, “That boy is a thief. I should have never trusted him.”
The next Saturday, the older man was in his garage cleaning things up and he accidentally dropped something on the floor. When he bent over to get down on his hands and knees to reach under a shelf to retrieve the item he had just dropped, he saw a shiny object sticking out from behind a toolbox. He reached back to get it and what do you know, there was his wrench! It had accidentally fallen behind the toolbox onto the floor. In a matter of seconds, the older man realized that the teenage boy was not a thief after all. He had seen him three times that week and all three times he had thought to himself that the boy was a thief. The reason he thought the boy was a thief is because that is what he believed. What he believed about the boy is what he began to see. Even though it was not true, because he believed it with all his heart, that is what he would see every time he would look at the young boy. As soon as he began to believe something else, he began to see something else.
I remember when I first heard that story how powerful its impact was on me. It immediately caused me to realize that I should be very careful about what I believe. The reason is because what I believe is what I am going to see.
Most everyone has heard the story about “Doubting” Thomas. Because Thomas did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead and because he had not seen it with his own two eyes, he did not believe. After he had an encounter with the risen Savior, he fell on his face and said, “My Lord, and my God!” I find it interesting that Jesus looked at Thomas and said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Jesus knew the importance of what we believe. He knew it was so powerful that He even said we would be blessed if we believed that He arose from the dead even though we had not seen it with our human eye. He knew that if we would believe it, we would see it with our spiritual eyes. In other words, he knew that what you see is a direct result of what you believe.
Let me encourage you to be sure that you believe solid, correct, accurate, wholesome, positive truth in your everyday life. It will have a direct bearing on what you are able to see. Look for the good, the pure, and the positive in other people. If you believe that they are worthy of your love and attention, you will begin to see them in a whole new light. That is what happened to the man who lost his tool that Saturday morning. When he found what he was looking for, his belief system changed in a matter of seconds. Make sure you believe the right things so you can see the right things this week.
Tip: What you see…is what you believe!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm