Look to the Needs of Others

“Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 The Message). The starting point for all happiness is the moment you shift the focus away from yourself. If all you think about is yourself, you’re going to be a pretty miserable person. If you truly want... Continue Reading →

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Selective Memory: Focus on the Good Times

“I thank God for the help you gave me” (Philippians 1:5 NCV). Paul wrote the book of Philippians to the church that he started in Philippi, where a woman named Lydia opened up her home and, along with others, welcomed Paul to the city. The Philippian church even helped fund Paul’s missionary journeys. In Philippians 1:5,... Continue Reading →

Happiness Habit: Give Your Life Away

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 NIV). Happiness comes from service and giving your life away. Until you understand this, you’re not going to be happy for much of your life. Happiness does not come from self-gratification. It comes from self-sacrifice.Paul knew that to be happy, he had... Continue Reading →

The Power of Grateful Prayers

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). In Philippians 4:6-7 we find one of the most difficult teachings in the entire Bible to obey: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about... Continue Reading →

Sing Your Thanks to the Lord

“Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God” (Psalm 147:7 TLB). Learning to thank God for what he has given us is an important part of our spiritual journey. So how do you make gratitude to God an integral part of your life?One of the most important ways to do it is by... Continue Reading →

Happiness and Humility Go Together

“I don’t mean to say I’m perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I’m still not all I should be” (Philippians 3:12-13 TLB). When Paul wrote this Scripture,... Continue Reading →

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