October 5, 2017

Open Mind, Changed Life

By: Amanda Akalonu [Lagos, Nigeria]

It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6 (GNT)

As God helps me to become more open, I see my life changing in some profound ways:

  1. Understanding Others: By listening to others’ points of view, I have a deeper understanding of people.
  2. Growing in Wisdom: I am gaining wisdom simply by opening my mind to the thoughts, opinions, and values of others.
  3. Improving My Life: Through the wisdom I gain, I am able to see my mistakes and to change my ways.
  4. Showing Gratitude: Being open allows me to cultivate and to express an appreciation for life and its diversity.
  5. Accepting Others: I am learning to accept others and their opinions—a huge step for me.
  6. Building Friendships: Having respect for others and what they can contribute enables me to develop stronger relationships.
  7. Thinking Outside the Box: Realizing that life is not just about what I know but the collective wisdom of all of us has helped me to see things differently and to look beyond myself.

THINK ABOUT THIS: “There exist limitless opportunities . . . Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.”
—Charles Kettering

Try It

Nothing good comes from boxing ourselves in or closing ourselves off. This month, let’s practice keeping
our hearts and minds open to all the amazingly different people, places, and things God has created.


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