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 quickly and the shark's appetite was sufficiently fed.
 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 at the fish ... and finally gave up altogether.
 After several months the divide was removed and fresh bait fish were added to the tank. Not surprisingly, 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 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!
 Ask God to open up your eyes to the potential that surrounds you ... and try again.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9