(Day 40 from The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide)
Our greatest desire is that you would embrace The Daniel Plan and the five Essentials, inviting health into every area of your life. Choose to believe that all things are possible with God. Be kind to yourself, and trust him. Make God’s Word a daily part of your life, and his truths and promises will restore anything that’s broken; his love will propel you into a new way of thinking, a healthy approach to each day.
If you want to have lasting change in your life, then you must fill your life with love. That’s why The Daniel Plan success depends on having friends to walk beside you—because love is the only thing that can change the unchangeable. It’s the most powerful force in the world. Love invigorates, revitalizes, and renews.
Love is the most irresistible force in the universe because God is love. And that love is available and accessible to every human being. We don’t need to earn it, only embrace it. The Bible doesn’t say God has love; it says he is love. Love is the core of his very nature. God’s love heals what cannot otherwise be healed. God’s love uplifts. It strengthens.
God designed us to grow spiritually within a supportive community. The same is true if we want to grow healthier.
When you connect with a loving community of friends, you will be better able to cope with things like fatigue, fear, frustration, and failure. You will be better able to handle depression and despair and, most important, not have to walk through them alone.
Community, when you embrace it, doesn’t just help you succeed in your goals. It can bring you joy. Through deep relationships with others, you get to live in the love that God wants to give you. When you are surrounded by others who are just as committed to loving their neighbor as you are, then guess what: You’re the recipient of that love as well as a giver of it.
As 1 John 4:12 says, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”