Today when I opened my calendar with daily inspirations, the words therein were, “expand your horizons, because that will expand your influence, your possibilities, and your abilities”.
Upon reading this, I was reminded of Joel Osteen’s book Your Best Life Now. In this book, Joel shares 7 steps to living at your full potential no matter your circumstances.
He begins by asking us to enlarge our vision. He said “as long as you cannot see it or imagine it then it is not going to happen to you. You have to conceive it on the inside before you can receive it on the outside.”
Below I share two lessons that came through for me on how you can live life with an enlarged vision.
1. Increase your capacity to receive.
I read that sometimes we have not, because the places we have allowed ourselves to be in are too limited to accommodate our blessings. From time to time, you need to shift your focus from one of lack to that of abundance.
Scripture tells us to “enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes”. This verse speaks to us about enlarging our visions. Once you have asked, you need to be ready and make room for the supply because he who promised is faithful.
More often than not, we ask but forget to enlarge our tents. We have been promised that when we are faithful, he will “pour out a blessing so great we will not have enough room to take it in”.
Increasing your capacity to receive also means you have to learn to ask for what you deserve. It is not enough to think people know what you want. You have to voice it out. We are told to “ask and we shall receive”.
I am learning that when I ask I should also prepare myself to receive. Very often this means working on myself to be ready for the new position I will be elevated too. For example if you are believing for a promotion into a managerial role begin to dress and act like a person in that position.
2. Let go of your old mindset.
Enlarging your visions also requires you to let go of your limited thinking. You need to stop dwelling so much on what was or worrying about what will be and concentrate on what is before you.
Life is suppossed to be lived in the present moment that is why we were taught to pray thus “give us today our daily bread…” We are not given what was left over from yesterday or what is belongs to tomorrow instead the manna we get is for the day before us.
We are told “he is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we ask or think of”. You must let go of your old mindsets and allow God to “wow” you with what he is capable of.
This week the challenge for you is to allow your visions to see beyond your current abilities. After this, write what you see and then patiently wait as God goes to work and accomplishes that which he has allowed you to glimpse upon.
In the next few weeks I will continue to share the rest of the steps as stipulated by Joel Osteen which will enable you to live a fulfilled life.