Outlook and Outcome of Life

It is said, “The outcome of your life will be determined by your outlook on life.”

Channing Pollock had lectured at one of the nation’s major universities. He confessed, “I had been traveling hard, speaking once or twice every day, was very tired, and felt very sorry for myself.

After the lecture, a man, standing among several who had come onto the platform, said something kind about my talk. I turned to shake his hand, and found that he had no hands. Then I looked up to meet his eye, and found that he had no eyes.

Next morning, he phoned me, and said, ‘Let’s take a drive, and see Bear Canyon. It’s lovely at this time of year.’

The idea of seeing the Canyon with a man who couldn’t see interested me.

But, perhaps, no one else ever saw that Canyon as clearly, and appreciatively, as my blind companion. He kept pointing this way, and that. ‘Look at the crag,’ he exclaimed, ‘with the shadows slipping away from it! Look at the colors of that valley!’

How long since you really saw them last, I inquired at length.

‘More than thirty years,’ my friend answered, ‘but I know every rock and tree. When I’m depressed, I always come here to look at them. I can’t tell you what those mountains mean to me!’

This man was blinded and crippled by a mine explosion when he was twenty-one.

He attended Harvard, has delivered over six thousand lectures, and has crossed the continent fifty-five times. He has memorized over forty thousand words of classical literature, so that he can repeat them to himself when he wants to read.

Living alone, he cooks with a wooden hand he made himself, and fishes with another artificial hand. He is one of the happiest, brightest persons I ever met.”

During his imprisonment, Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Bacon stated, “If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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