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Summary: Gehazi and Elisha looked out the same window... one saw doom and death, one saw opportunity. What is your perspective and how will it affect/effect your life style?

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LOOKING OUT THE SAME WINDOW… A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com This is a two part lesson.

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Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

REMEMBER DON QUIXOTE?

He was a dreamer far from reality. Quixote as a mighty Spanish warrior the fought some crazy battles… Don Quixote read so many romances that they became reality to him. He loses his sanity and in his eyes he becomes a great knight. Don finds an ignorant farmer named Sancho Penza. Then they travel on foolish exploits. They attack WINDMILLS thinking they are ferocious giants. He does not have a shield so he uses pillows. Don thinks an inn is a huge castle. Don Quixote was crazy but he had was exciting times. His twisted PERSPECTIONS become very entertaining.

THE TRAP OF A NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVE?

My Grandfather Charles Tyler Hughes was born in 1878. He would be 140 in 20018. C.T. was 53 when he had twins in 1931. My Dad was the second twin born of the set. My Dad told the story how negative my Grandfather was about everything. Seems as they had their hoes chopping weeds out of the crop. My Grandfather, Burg my uncle and my Dad would work 10 hours a day for a $1.00 (for all 3, not a piece) for several of the neighbors as well as on their farm. There was an old house on the property they rented for $6.00 a year. The folks that rented the house were on the lazy side and did little. Dad told as long as he could remember the people had never paid their rent one time.

Back to working with the hoe chopping weeds. Grandfather always had his head down looking for the weeds in the tobacco and the corn. He was always expecting a snake to appear. Several times Dad said: CT would be crying and complaining that they would ALL STARVE TO DEATH THIS YEAR. CT would go on to explain, there would be no rain this year. The tobacco worms would destroy the tobacco and there would be no cash crop. The old 1933 Ford would break down and they could not get to town. Besides that the price of gas had gone sky high. THE GAS WAS 10 CENTS A GALLON. How could they afford to fill up the old Ford, Jessie James used a gun?

Grandfather Charles Tyler and two sons had worked in their field and 10 hours. CT started crying and told the sons they were all going to starve to death that year! He explained starving to death was a slow process and beside that the drought they were going to have would dry up the well and the river. Dad said he and his brother would say to their Dad we better get to the house see those dark storm clouds rolling in toward the farm? CT kept complaining how bad the drought was going to be. The winds started blowing. They could hear thunder in the distance. Grandfather kept crying how dry the farm would be. Burg and Dad would beg to quit hoeing and get to the house, THE RAIN IS ROLLING in to the farm. By the time they ran in the rain to the porch they were soaking wet. Grandmother Pearl would make them take their wet clothes off before they could go in the house.

PERSPECTIVE: The way you see or feel about something, Your attitude toward the way you regard something, your point of view, MENTAL VIEW, HOW THINGS APPEAR TO YOUR EYE, ---

While facts are facts, we all have our own personal perspective that may or may not be correct. Your perspective could be valid and true or it could be way off target and distorted.

What is fore sight? Hind sight? A bird’s eye view?

What will the farmer’s perspective be? The doctor? The funeral director? The bankers? A young person? An old person? A wise person? A fool’s?

Perspective can be positive or it can be negative? Who decides what kind of perspective you have?

DOES OUR SOCIETY OR FAMILY TEACH US TO BE OVERLY PESSIMISTIC AND NEGATIVE? OR POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC?

Are we reaching to better attitudes? What do your eyes see?

Let us go to the great expert: DR. PHIL. You are the sum total of your daily choices.

YOUR PERSPECTIVE BECOMES YOUR REALITY! We respond to what we think is real.

THE KING OF SYRIA HAS A PERSPECTIVE, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN HERE… WHAT IS GOING ON…? SO HE ACCUSES HIS GENERALS OF BEING SPIES?

ELISHA was informing the King of Israel what the SYRIANS were going to do in the battle. Elisha was like a SPY in the camp. So the King of Syria hated the Preacher.

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