I kept posting GPF pictures that people were sending me under 8/11 (now titled: GPF Highlights) until it became necessary that I just re-arrange all of them in sequential order (which sort of turned out to be a huge hassle, but they're there now, so please scroll down and check them out).
I also added the Event Video, including Erik and Pastor Debye. If you have additional comments about them you can put them there or on today's article.
Thanks again for the great feedback from yesterday...here's some more from the book...
All the creativity that I need to have a productive and successful day today is already resident within me.
Conventional wisdom says that seeing is believing, but, in fact, believing is seeing. When you begin to see what you already have inside you, you can really start to believe in yourself from the depths of your being. You were designed for success, so you have been equipped with the skills to live your life successfully. Instead of allowing yourself to give in to artificial thoughts of inadequacy that can cause you to feel overwhelmed by your problems, begin to see yourself as a capable individual who is inventive enough to create imaginative solutions to those problems. Dig down deep until you discover that vision, then doggedly hold to it.
Without a doubt, success is always a team effort and everybody needs help, supportive input, and advice from qualified people on occasion. But, when all is said and done, nobody knows how to handle your personal situations better than you. You have the innate ability to deal with anything that can arise in the course of a day, good or bad, in your own original and artful way. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to face your life and the unique challenges it brings with it. You are ingenious and resourceful on your own terms, and you can produce positive results by simply recognizing your own capacity for creative effectiveness.
The Creator brilliantly designed you with both the desire and the ability to unveil and reveal His nature within yourself through a continual process of self-discovery, and every new day is filled with fresh opportunities for you to do just that. You can’t afford to allow yourself to be so blinded by your own perceived fear of the potential for incompetence that you begin to doubt your credentials as a creator in your own right. That blindness so colors your perception of believability that it renders you unable to recognize God within yourself, and so you miss the beauty of the process because you don’t trust your own God-given creativity.
You have been authorized to make every single day of your life a good one by using your extraordinary powers of sight to recognize each day for the miracle that it is –and you don’t need externals to give you the necessary confidence to pull it off! You already have genuine confidence in you that has been tested and tried, so you don’t have to keep pretending to be an amateur at running your own life. You know what to do, so do it! And do it with a self-assurance that requires no apology or defense. It’s time for you to start seeing yourself for who you really are by recognizing what you already have. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.
I am empowered to rise above any and all small thinking today.
A small, insignificant life is the product of small, unimportant thoughts that are the product of small, unexceptional inner pictures. By fearlessly embracing the largest vision that you can for your true self and for your best possible life, you liberate yourself from being stuck in a third-rate mindset of prolonged toleration for the average and the ordinary. Someone you know who can’t see a bigger picture may tell you that something can’t be done simply because, in their sight, it’s a small world after all. Love and appreciate them for whom they are, but ignore their little words and little ideas, because you are being enlarged by what you are able to see.
Claustrophobia is the abnormal fear of confined spaces, and it is a very negative and debilitating thing that can greatly disrupt the lives of people who suffer from it. But there is a type of this phobia that is actually quite positive and useful – a mental claustrophobia, if you will – that manifests itself as the absolute aversion and revulsion to small, confined ways of thinking. To break out of the restrictions of a mindset that continues to put limitations on your life, you actually have to develop a phobic repugnance for any line of thought that doesn’t allow your brain to breathe. Mental claustrophobia will cause you to avoid such thinking.
The continual allowance of petty thoughts of cowardice, self-doubt and paranoia eventually shrink your mind down to a state of feeble barrenness. A great mind cannot afford to permit itself to dwell on these kinds of thoughts. Neither can a great mind consent to agreeing with negative, outside influences that addict themselves to the exaltation of the impossible. It’s actually quite easy to fall into the nasty habit of always seeing how a thing can’t be done, and then pointing it out to others. This way of thinking and speaking causes faith to dwindle and shrivels up the capacity for vision until it becomes virtually useless. Don’t let yourself be diminished in this way.
It’s been said that you can never expect a 16x20 idea to fit into a 3x5 mind. If you are a seer or visionary, there will always be the small-minded ones around you who will oppose you, simply because people generally fight what they don’t understand. See past them. Do not allow yourself to be infected by their stunted mindset. You are not obligated to go along with the thinking of everyone else. You can rise above the mental limitations of others and distance yourself from them. You may have to be willing to enter a season of loneliness because of it, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.