When I was an 18 year old college student, I read the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. I became aware that there was tremendous power in being more positive and focused in my thinking. I began to see new possibilities and opportunities in challenging situations. I noticed new options that were right under my nose the whole time.

 

 

I took the above picture in Kathmandu, Nepal. I was intrigued by the faded multi-colored lattice covering a window that was set in an intricately carved wooden frame. When I got home and had all my images on my 24” monitor for editing, I was preparing to hit the delete button on this one. But, I noticed something. A chill came over me and I named the picture, “The Hidden Stare.”

I suddenly saw a Nepalese man with a yellow turban staring intently into my telephoto lens. I had missed seeing this man through my viewfinder when I snapped the picture and continued walking. (Maybe you missed him too when you first looked at this picture on a small screen). In retrospect, I’m guessing he may have even felt violated by this American tourist pointing a camera through his second-story window.

My main point is this—sometimes we simply miss the possibilities that are right in front of our eyes. We neglect the imaginable due to our small or cloudy view-finders. Here are a few reasons:

We live at a fast pace and we just don’t slow down enough to get a clear view.

We look through a “worst-case scenario” view-finder and we miss the good possibilities.

 We allow the unpleasant experiences of our past to distort our view of the future.

We think the world revolves around us and if we can’t do it no one can.

We fail to realize that our power and resources are limited when compared to God’s.

 

In reflecting on the life of Tony Hostetler, my long-time spiritual mentor, friend and ministry partner, I realize what an exceptionally positive man of faith he was. Tony genuinely believed all things were possible. But it was deeper than just a positive attitude or possibility mind-games. Tony humbly trusted the Creator of the Universe with his life. He constantly looked beyond the temporary obstacles and saw the power and strength of the God of all eternity. He internalized the prayer of Apostle Paul that says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

I want to leave a legacy which others will never forget — that I saw the great possibilities in every situation. I don’t want to be remembered as someone who stared at all the obstacles and said, “I can’t.” “It won’t work” “I’m not willing to risk.” “Not possible.” “Not willing to try.”  Likewise, I don’t want to run so fast that I miss seeing the soul of a person behind the faded lattice work.

I’m planning to continue believing that all things are possible with God! How about you?

 

QUESTION: What is one step you could take today to make sure you see the possibilities God has for you in your situation?  Feel free share it in the comment section below.

7 responses to All Things Are Possible

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  2. Greg Kappas on October 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM Reply

    Dennis, thank you so much for honoring Tony…it is inspiring and what hugs and laughter we will have in heaven together…G

  3. Dennis Gingerich on October 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM Reply

    Thanks for the affirmation and kind comments! And I love your words Sheralee about making sure we don’t minimize those who leave “quiet legacies.” I totally agree.

  4. Rod Partington on October 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM Reply

    Great blog! I Love your writings also. I too have taken some shots only to discover something very cool later on on my computer that I missed when taking the picture.And your right we do the same in life…love the connection. Although at times it was a struggle,I tried very hard to stay positive and focused on God this Summer.I believe with all my heart that through prayer (we had an amazing prayer army behind us) and God’s will,that my (our) recovery from the transplant was so successful. I learned a lot this past year and I am very aware that I have a long way to go,but it is incredibly comforting to know that the maker of the Universe loves us,wants the best for us and never gives up.

  5. Sheralee Tonnessen on October 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM Reply

    Well stated…you’re a good writer/reflector, and I might add a great guy:) I would want to add to the conversation the mention of all those leaving quiet legacies that speak volumes into but a few lives. Those who stick with God’s less noticable assignments. I only mention this because the term “legacy” sometimes is interpreted as something “big”, and that can leave people feeling less significant.
    Tony and I spent countless hours one on one over the years, there was so much more to him than met the eye. He was wiser and deeper than he let on. He was childlike in his trust of God and people, yet he was wise about the heavier matters of life. We could talk about anything, and he was able to confide in me…that was an honor I will always cherish.
    Blessings

  6. percy gerig on October 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM Reply

    just need to tell you dennis you are a true blessing, i realize it takes a lot of effort to include these posts in your already full day,may GOD continue to bless you as you bless us….percy

  7. Jen Tapp on October 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM Reply

    Love the wisdom in your statement, “We neglect the imaginable due to our small or cloudy view-finders.” I need to ask God to daily cleanse the lens of my mind/heart and help me view my day through HIs eyes. Keep up the writing friend, it’s a blessing!

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