When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman wasfilled with
A group of people were shown a large sheet of white cardboard with a small, black dot in
the center. The leader of the group asked them, “What do you see?” Everyone responded that
they saw a black dot. “Yes,” replied the leader, “but what about all the white cardboard
It’s easy to focus on the “black dot” and forget the rest. Haman did. We aren’t told why,
but he was elevated above all the other princes in the land (Esther 3: 1). Since it took place shortly after the plot on the king’s life was discovered, he may have
taken credit for uncovering the scheme. Authority, wealth and recognition rolled into his
He enjoyed having others bow and scrape before him, and it bothered him extremely when
Mordecai refused to join the group.
In fact, after sharing with his family and friends about all his wealth and honors, he
concluded, “Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the
king’s gate” (Esther 5:13).
One negative outweighed all the positive. How foolish we are when we allow a single
flaw to destroy the many blessings that God has brought into our lives. We discredit our
family when all we can see are their faults.
We show disrespect for our pastor when we focus on his weakness and forget his many
strengths. Most of all we do a disservice to God when all that is engulfs us and all that is
You letting the negatives in your life outweigh the positives? Try focusing on all the good
that comes from your circumstances and thank God for that. You may be gratified to
discover that the “white spaces” in your life is far greater than the black dot.”
CONCENTRATE ON COUNTING YOUR BLESSING AND YOU’LL HAVE
LITTLE TIME TO COUNT ANYTHING ELSE.