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Change Your Lenses, Change Your Life.   2 comments

Change Your Lenses, Change Your Life

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Come to the Eye Doctor

What if there was a pair of glasses that actually changed how you experience life? For example, without them, you pick up a cup of coffee and it’s bland and tasteless. But then you put them on, and that same cup becomes robust with flavor and intoxicating in smell. Did you know that God actually has a pair of glasses for you that will radically improve how you experience your life? It’s true, and He is offering them to you today.

What You See is What You Get

Jesus said something pretty intense: “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.” (Luke 11:34) Light or darkness: Your eye determines it. Now, if you’re like me, you really want your body to be filled with light, so you need to know how to make your eye “good,” especially if your vision has been bad, like mine. And the Bible gives us just the answer.

Focus, Focus

There is this game in some magazines where you look at a photo and try to find what is wrong in the picture. Like if it were a garden photo, maybe the wheelbarrow would be missing a handle, or the bumblebees would be purple. Nothing big, but the point is to focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right. Isn’t this how we live our lives, too? However, the Bible says to do just the opposite. Philippians 4:8 says,

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

So, say you’re looking at that garden photo. Instead of looking at the one-handled wheelbarrow or purple bumblebees (which would be kind of cool to see anyway!), you would focus on the vibrancy of the roses, the blueness of the sky, and the gracefulness of the trees. Think how different you would feel! Instead of feeling negative and down, suddenly, you feel overtaken with all the beauty God has to offer you! This is how God wants you to live your life, and it’s by putting on the glasses of gratitude.

Gratitude Glasses

I recently heard a “joy expert” say that the #1 thing that determines a person’s level of happiness is gratitude. Not the abundance of things or the absence of stress, but just being constantly aware and thankful of all the wonderful things around you. In fact, she said that she had seen countless people arise from severe depression just by thinking of 5 things they are thankful for every morning. Wow, what an incredible prescription for depression and anxiety: Gratitude! Think of all the things we totally take for granted: the beauty of the sky; the sun coming up every day and the moon every night; the relationships we have; and the food, clothing, and shelter that God provides. The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Let’s Try Them on This Week

Let’s do an experiment this week, of looking at things in a grateful way instead of a negative way. So, for example, my normal, negative way would be to wake up and think, “Ugh. I have to go to work today. Blah. I wish I had the day off.” But then, I put on my gratitude glasses and say, “Oh, thank You God that I have a wonderful job! I actually get paid to do something that I really like! And I get to go see my coworkers, instead of being alone all day! Thank You!” Do you see the difference that would make in my day? All of a sudden, I start to experience things in a whole new, positive way. And you can do that with any situation, even the hardest ones. Are you willing to take the Gratitude Glasses Challenge with me this week? Every morning we will put them on, and if we forget and start to go through our day in a negative way, we can just put them on then! The wonderful thing with gratitude is you can do it anytime, anywhere. You can bring amazing blessings to people’s lives (and your own!) just by being thankful.

Posted June 26, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

I want to go out on a date with you   1 comment

God Loves You

God Loves You

Guess Who is Asking You Out on a Date, God wants to go out on a date with you

“I am my beloved’s, and His desire is for me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10)

My Secret

I want to tell you a secret. One that has totally revolutionized my life with God. Can I have a minute of your time and see if it could do the same for you?

Wanting More from God

About a couple months ago, I was at a weird place in my relationship with God, and I asked Him what to do. I wanted more out of our relationship, but I didn’t know what to do about it. And here’s the answer I felt He gave me: Go on walks.

Go on walks? Are You serious? What is that going to do? Are You saying I’m out of shape? (Which I am.) In any event, I went, out of sheer obedience and curiosity—and I kind of like walking. Every day after work, I’d put on my walking shoes and head out the door, often tired and not feeling like it.

Going on Dates

And what do you know, but as I started to walk, I started to talk: to God—about my feelings, my fears, what happened yesterday at work, how I feel about my life…everything and anything that was on my heart. And do you want to know what’s more? As I began to walk—everyday, after work—I began to hear God talk back…or sometimes just feel Him listen and care. It was like I began to “date” God. And God, smart as He is, knew this would happen. He knew that it was quality time that we needed to grow in our relationship together.

A Fresh Love

Have you ever seen a married couple that falls out of love? It’s not that they hate each other; they just lost that “thing.” But then, in a move of desperation, they move everything else to the side and begin to act how they did when they first fell in love. They date; they open up; they notice new, wonderful qualities in each other. They listen to every word with attention. They put each other first. Mainly, they spend time together.

God’s Message to You

And this is EXACTLY what God wants to do…with you. He is just crazy about you. He wants to spend every waking moment with you: listening to your fears, talking about your dreams, laughing at funny things, and counseling you on the tough issues. Don’t believe me? Listen to Him here; He’s talking about you:”“But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to Me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes,’ says the Lord, “you will call Me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master'” (Hosea 2:14-16).

No Matter How Old or New give yourself to Him again. When I started taking my daily walks with God, our daily dates, I started to hear Him and feel His love in a revolutionary way. I started to hear Him soothe my fears, give me advice, and care for me with deep loyalty. And the same will happen for you if you start spending time with Him.

The Offer

Here’s what Jesus says to you:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20) Do you want to have those dates with God? Do you want to let Him into your home…maybe for the first time, or maybe “all over again?”

Start Here

Why don’t you simply start with picking a time of day to take a daily date with God? It could be morning, noon, or night. You just tell Him, “God, I would like to go on that date You’re offering me. I’m a little surprised You’d want to spend so much time with me, but I’m honored. Let’s build this relationship.” Is that what you want to do? If so, why don’t you tell God what time of day you’d like to spend together, and then take that time to talk and get to know each other this week. I personally promise you that you will not regret it. God is crazy about you, and spending time together every day will revolutionize your life.

I love you and‎​ GOd loves you even more!

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is an ardent inspirational writer who is passionate about influencing positive change through his writing. You can follow him on twitter @Ldee_

Posted June 3, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation