How you see yourself, and the world around you, is pivotal to how you will experience life. This is because sight is a faculty of the mind, not the eyes. It is your mind that gives meaning to the streams of light, and colors that pass through your eyes. Your eyes serve only as a window that gives one dimension of sight to your mind. That is why you cannot see what you don’t understand. The greater your understanding, the clearer you will see.
In the parable of the sower, a sower scattered seed, which fell on different types of ground, some of which was not conducive for the seed to grow (Matthew 13). The fertile ground however, yielded a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. The seed represented ‘a message’ or ‘thoughts’ and the different ‘grounds’ represented various conditions of the heart. The fertile soil that yielded crop in varying degrees represents the heart that understood the message. The yielding of the crop, in varying degrees, informs us that greater understanding, gives you greater clarity of sight. The more you see, the more you will manifest. This is the creative power of ‘perception,’ the key to effective, and successful living.
Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. (Matthew 13:10-17)
Perception encapsulates seeing, hearing, and understanding. These three simple, and unassuming abilities form the most powerful factor to your success, or failure. Successful living requires one to hear what is not readily heard, see beyond mere appearances, and understand through insight and intuition. You will never find success in any facet of your life if you are someone who simply reacts to how things appear.
Perception is pivotal to what you will manifest in your life. Imagine how your life can be, when you are able to see any situation through the lens of ultimate reality - where all things are possible! There would not exist any challenge that you could not overcome, and any situation you encounter will always work for your benefit.
People only give up on fulfilling their dreams because they cannot see how it can be achieved, or do not feel they have the opportunity to do so. However, it is not the absence of opportunities that is the problem, but instead the failure to recognize the opportunities, and resources that are already present in our lives.
Not all opportunities come in attractive packaging. Some come in a form that is undesirable, unassuming, or seemingly insignificant, and because of this, we overlook the very things that could drastically change our lives for the better. That is why it is imperative that you understand this key principle:
“For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him” (Matthew 13:12)
How is it possible to lose what you do not have? This can only be a result of failing to recognize what you already have. When you recognize, and appreciate what you have, more will be given to you. The biggest stumbling block to recognizing what we have is familiarity. Our familiarity with a thing can cause us to lose sight of its value. This is also true for people that are in our lives but are taken for granted. The people who Jesus grew up with in His hometown, failed to recognize His importance because they were too familiar with Him. As a result, they were unable to receive the miraculous healings that everybody else benefited from. You may have in your life, the greatest thing that could ever happen to you, and fail to recognize it because of your perception of it.
What do you have in your house?
The truth of the matter is:
‘As long as your mind is intact, you are never down to nothing.’
An ocean of opportunities surrounds us all. The key to realizing any one of these opportunities starts with recognizing what you have. What you have is the key to what you need. The bible gives an illuminating example of this vital truth:
A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So, Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors - empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:1-7)
What the widow perceived as ‘nothing’ was actually the key to acquiring all that she needed. Had it not been for Elisha, her perception of what she had would have resulted in her sons spending the rest of their lives as slaves. Their salvation came about from one simple question: “what do you have in the house?” This symbolic question is one you must ask yourself in order to open your eyes to the rich amount of resources, solutions, and opportunities that lay within your reach.
God desires for us to see what He sees so that we may recognize opportunities, frame situations according to His perspective, and be guided by the light of divine wisdom. The only way we can do this is to have ‘His eyes,’ which in effect means having His mind.