Happiness comes from service.

God designed you to be happiest when you are giving your life away. Why? Because he wants you to become like him. It’s all about love!

“If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 LB).

To have a happy heart, you have to practice service and generosity every day.

  • Rick Warren

Verse of the day: Matthew 20:28 says, “Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NLT).

Application: It not about serving for serving’a sake. It’s about becoming like Jesus. Serving out of love!

Prayer: God I want to serve you and others for the right reasons…with the right motivation. Mold my heart to always serve out of love! In Jesus name, Amen.

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“Trying to predict the future, it is a discouraging, hazardous occupation. If by some miracle a prophet could describe the future, exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd that everybody would laugh him to scorn. The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So, if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I’ll have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, there’ll be any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.”

- Arthur C. Clarke - 1964

Hear it, read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it, apply it.

God has promised many wonderful benefits in your life if you will meditate on the Word of God and then do it.

Surprisingly, if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate on the Word of God. Worry is when you take a negative thought and you think on it over and over and over. When you take a passage of Scripture and you think on it over and over and over, that’s called meditation.

  • Rick Warren

Verse of the day: I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭16‬ NIV)

Application: it the 6 things listed above, I need to work on memorization and meditation. That way application comes easier!

Prayer: Lord help me to commit your word to memory, meditate on it regularly, and apply it appropriately. In Jesus name, Amen.

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One thing that causes us to lose our happiness is feeling guilty or ashamed. You’ve got to get rid of guilt and maintain a clear conscience if you want to be happy, because you cannot be guilty and happy at the same time.

  • Rick Warren

Verse of the day: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (‭Psalm‬ ‭32‬:‭1-2‬ NIV)

Application: Seems simple…but difficult to achieve. Maybe that’s the problem. I can’t clean myself up. Only Jesus can!

Prayer: God cleanse my heart. Renew a right spirit within me! I yield to your hand. In Jesus name, Amen.

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God is in me. He is with me. He is for me.

Do you ever fret and fight over the small stuff? Of course. We all do! It’s a hard habit to break because we’re negative by nature. Ever since Adam and Eve, we have been going around excusing and accusing. We excuse our own mistakes and then accuse others for their mistakes — and more. We hide, and we hurl. We blame others for the problems in our lives.

Philippians 2:14-15 says this: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you” (NLT). That may be one of the most difficult verses in the Bible. Would you agree?

  • Rick Warren

Verse of the day: give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NIV)

Application: Today I’m thankful for good people, baseball, the prayers of friends, and another year to serve Jesus!

Prayer: God whenever I want to complain, whine, or wallow…remind me to be thankful. In Jesus name, Amen.

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No matter what you’re going to face this next week, you’re not going to face it alone. God is with you, he is in you, and he is for you.

  • Rick Warren

Verse of the day: for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NIV)

Application: Tomorrow when I wake up I need to remember that God is with me, in me, and for me.

Prayer: Listening to God tonight. Letting his word tend to my soul. In Jesus name, Amen.

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