You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for:
February 14, 2012
"Love yourself as you are - God does the unconditional part."-
Love someone tonight. That is the familiar catch phrase for the long-running syndicated radio Love Song Show – Delilah. Delilah – the self-professed Queen of Sappy Love Songs- is listened to by over eight million listeners a week on hundreds of stations. Delilah is arguably one of the 10 best known radio air personalities of my lifetime. She has a rightful place alongside the likes of Dick Clark – Wolfman Jack – Casey Casem and Rick Dees – as a personality who is able to entertain; inform and touch our hearts – while spinning the hits.
My association with Delilah began in the late summer of 1996 when I added her show to my station in Wheeling, WV – WKWK. In those days Delilah often had her youngest children on the air with her. It was the very definition of family-friendly radio. WKWK was one of the first 10 stations to put Delilah on. By the end of the 1990s - her radio show was on well over 200 stations across the country. Delilah would have conversations with her listeners (in between the love songs) about their relationships - the hope and the heartbreak. It was a show about real people with real problems - and real triumphs. This had never been done quite like this before. Delilah was a phenomenon – appearing as a guest on network television shows and being featured in well-respected magazines – all of which is ironic considering how many radio stations she had been fired from earlier in her career. Today’s darling was yesterday’s misfit.
As I have written so many times – you are a unique creation here to express your inherent divinity as no one has before – or may ever do again. Radio – like most industries – is not kind to people who are labeled as nonconformist. Radio stations are often managed and programmed by people who are strictly paint-by-numbers types. It is a monkey-see, monkey-do world they live in. It is why you hear the same songs over and over again and also why the personalities on the stations come and go without much fanfare. But Delilah Renee was an anomaly and she paid for her uniqueness with pink slips until it - paid off. She partnered with someone who embraced her eccentricity and they launched one of the most successful enterprises in broadcast history.
Delilah’s life has been powered by faith and love. She has been candid on the air regarding the strained and dysfunctional relationship with her father. When I sent her the Butterfly Kisses song and she played it for the first time – the heartbreak of that parental relationship filled the airwaves with so much emotion that it literally launched Butterfly Kisses to #1.
Delilah – as all great communicators are – is a storyteller. Whether it is her own roller-coaster life stories - which include three marriages and divorces – or the life affirming tales of adoption and redemption from her loyal audience – Love and Devotion is the message in Delilah’s song.
"There is a child inside that needs your love - be your own best
parent - love yourself."-Douglas Holzmeier
Speaking of adoption – Delilah has adopted eight children! She is a mother of 12!! So strong is her adoption advocacy that she has created an organization called Point Hope – a voice for forgotten children everywhere. Point Hope's immediate focus is on alleviating the suffering of Liberian refugees who are camped at Buduburam - a refugee camp that was established in Ghana following the Liberian civil war. Delilah talks the talk and walks the walk. She has used her celebrity and influence to change and save lives. She is one of God’s very best ideas!
Delilah has written several books where she tells her story better than I can – and she leaves no doubt that a faith in a higher Power that reveals itself as Love – pulled her through each and every time. It was when she was able to love herself with and through God – that she was able to offer her heart to the World.
"God receives your love when you use the love of God to love
yourself. This is the Miracle."-Douglas Holzmeier
On this Valentine’s Day – and every day - start with your heart.
Love Yourself Tonight!
To visit Delilah on line go here: www.deliah.com To visit the Point Hope charity –visit here www.PointHope.org
You Are God's Best Idea!
Author of You Are God's Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House)
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