Jason B. Ladd

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Awakening: Open Your Eyes and Become Alive

awakening open your eyes and become alive

Some mornings it’s hard to wake up.  The room is cold; the covers are warm and soft.  It’s dark, and it’s early.  It just doesn’t make sense to get out of bed.

awakening open your eyes to become aliveBecoming Awake

But you don’t have a choice; you have to go to work, so you hit the snooze and close your eyes.

Just 10 more minutes.

You wake up 10 minutes later and decide it’s time to get up.  You turn off your alarm.

I’ll just keep my eyes closed for oooone more minute, and then I’ll get up.

You wake up later and notice something’s wrong: it’s light outside.

Oh, no.

You glance at the alarm clock and wake up to a new nightmare.  You are late.  Way late.

Your day is off to a horrible start, and why?

You closed your eyes when you should have opened them. 

awakening open your eyes and become aliveHave you ever noticed how hard it is to wake up with your eyes closed?

What do you do when you really want to wake up?

You turn on a light.

You force your eyes to adjust as your night vision fades.

Becoming Alive

If you want to wake up, you must first open your eyes; if you want real life, you must first open your hardened heart.

Jesus doesn’t just wake us up; He brings us back to life.  When you stare into his light, your soul will adjust as your darkness fades.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV)

Our bodies might be alive, but our spirits are dead until they are resurrected by His truth. Click here to tweet that!

If you want this kind of life, you must open more than your eyes.

You must open your heart; you must open your mind.

He will do the rest.

What caused you to open your eyes?
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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

6 Replies

  1. What opened my eyes? A wonderful guy who led me verse by verse through the book of Matthew. He gave me context, history, and life application. He never shied away from my ‘devil’s advocate’ position, but searched the Word and answered everything as honestly as he knew how. What a difference from the all too common pat answers I’d been spoon fed my whole life. Of course it was ultimately the Holy Spirit that actually did the eye-opening work, but the Lord used my friend to get me there.

    And by the way, your intro is describing me! I hate mornings–but I am learning that if I want to get up on time, I have to open my eyes and not let them shut again for even a moment. 🙂

    Grace and peace to you today, Jason.

    1. Rebeca, Isn’t it interesting how everyone has a similar story? One person takes time out of their life to share God’s word with a single person and it changes their life forever. Answers do little good if we don’t understand the question.

  2. Susan Irene Fox

    Happy new year, Jason. Initially, it was a friend who patiently answered my questions. Yet day by day, His daily bread and living water open my eyes to new challenges and old truths. Snippets of His wisdom come through light-filled people like you, open to being His vessel to awaken the rest of us to mornings dedicated to awakening and gathering His love. Thank you.

    1. For me it was several people. They always stood out above the rest and shone with the light I couldn’t explain. I just knew whatever they had, I wanted.

  3. I often end my blogs with the tagline “Ready? Let’s get out there!” Maybe a fresh perspective would be “Open your eyes and become alive.” I love reading the truths you share.

    1. Jane, I love it. Thanks for reading!