By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

During a research experiment, a Marine Biologist placed a shark into a holding tank and released several small bait fish in with him.
Quite naturally, the fish disappeared immediately and the shark consumed them.
After several weeks,
a fiberglass divide was positioned into the holding tank and,
once again,
small bait fish were released …
but on the other side of the divide.
The shark,
in growing aggressive attack,
repeatedly met the fiberglass divide
receiving blow after blow of steady knocks on his nostril.
Days turned into weeks;
The shark grew visibly less aggressive toward the fish,
and made fewer and fewer attempts to reach them
until finally …
he gave up altogether.
The shark quit attacking.
After several months the divide was removed and fresh bait fish were added to the tank.
The shark behaved as though the divide still existed and the fish were free to swim wherever they liked.
The shark had been trained,
in a mere matter of weeks,
to believe that the barrier that once existed between him and the fish still remained,
and he gave himself over to that “seeming” reality.
The fish were his to eat,
yet protected by an invisible barrier in the shark’s mind.
Many times
we behave like the shark.
We pursue a goal, dream, or desire with strong intentions and large ambitions
but then are met with difficulties along the way.
Slowly and subtly our behavior accommodates the fiberglass divide
of hard knocks and painful realities
and we become
negative thinkers with negative mindsets …
blinded to the sea of potential opportunities all around us.
Resist the urge to succumb to negativity.
Refuse to acknowledge impossibility.
Respond continually to all that surrounds you.
Repeatedly work at what you’ve been called to!

Don’t give up.
Don’t despair.
Don’t give in
Remain aware …
of all the possibilities around you.
This is the way to achieve;
You have to believe …
To receive.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
“Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8