“Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”
Sometimes, even the wicked can teach us life lessons, as is the case with the wicked Haman. Haman had been promoted in Ahasuerus’ kingdom. He was one of the few men that had the opportunity to work directly with Ahasuerus. His position was so prominent that it was required by all those in Ahasuerus’ kingdom to bow and give reverence to him.
However, the lesson that needs to be learned is in Haman’s response to Mordecai not bowing to him. When Haman talked to his family and friends, he spoke of the blessings that had happened to his life, but he said, “…all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” Haman let one thing cause him to miss the rest of the blessings in his life. He focused on the one thing that he did not like, and it caused him to miss the blessings that he did have in life. Instead of looking at the whole picture of his life, he chose to look at the one flaw he saw in his life that he did not like, and that focus caused him to miss the beauty of the whole picture. Several lessons can be learned from this incident in Haman’s life that can help you to enjoy life to its fullest.
First, every life has something negative you could focus on if you choose to focus on the negative. You are not the only one who has negative things happen in life. There are many people who have it worse than you do who would love to have your negatives over theirs. God is not unkind to you because of the negatives you see in your life. Yes, you may have negatives, but so does everyone else.
Second, every life has more positives than negatives, and you could see them if you chose to focus on the positive. The reason you miss the positives in your life is because you are focused on the negative. Stopping and seeing the positives you have in life will help you realize that you have it much better than you realized. You have positives in your life, but you are going to have to purposely look for them because the negatives have a way of causing you to miss them.
Third, what you choose to focus upon will determine the amount of joy you find in life. The key to enjoying life is stepping back to see the whole picture so that you can see that the “negatives” of life help to make a beautiful picture when they all come together with the positives. What you see as a negative is often part of the beauty of the whole picture of your life. Yes, it is easy to see the negatives of life because they are so few compared to the blessings God has given you that it causes them to stand out. If you want to enjoy life, you are going to have to purposely look at the whole picture so that you don’t miss the joy God has for you in life.
My friend, how do you see your life? Do you tend to focus on the negatives like Haman did? Do you dwell on the negatives? Dwelling on the negatives of life is not going to make them better, so it would be wise to enjoy God’s blessings so you don’t ruin them. You can focus on the negatives and see life’s glass as half empty, or you can focus on God’s blessings and see life’s glass as almost full. What are you going to do? Martha almost missed the presence of Jesus because she was so focused on things that she missed the greatest presence in her life. You are missing the whole picture of life if you choose to dwell on the negatives. Don’t let what you think are the negatives in your life rob you of missing the joy of God’s bountiful blessings in your life.