By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

 During a marine research experiment a Marine Biologist placed a shark into a holding tank and released several small bait fish in with him.
Naturally, the fish disappeared immediately and the shark consumed them.
After several weeks, a plexiglass 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 plexiglass divide receiving blow after blow of steady knocks on his nostril.
Days turned into weeks;
The shark grew visibly less aggressive, made fewer and fewer attempts, and then 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. He had been trained, in a mere matter of weeks, to believe that the barrier that once existed 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 "plexiglass 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.
Ask God to expose the potential that surrounds you.
And then get moving ...
“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