“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” - Philippians 4:6 - (NLT)
You have a fundamental need for joy in your life. Life without joy is overwhelming, overburdened, and oppressive. Studies have actually shown that the more joy we have in our lives, the more productive we are. I read an article in "US News and World Report" that said that corporations hire "joy consultants" to build up the joy in peoples’ lives so that employees can be more productive. It is true that you have more energy, more creativity, and more productivity when you have joy in your life
In the short book of Philippians — only four chapters long — Paul uses the word “joy” 16 times. The amazing thing is, Paul didn’t write this book when he was on vacation in the Caribbean. He was in prison in Rome, waiting to be executed. In the darkest days of his life, he wrote the most positive book in the Bible.
In Philippians, Paul gives us six joy-builders that will help diffuse our discouragement and lift our depression. To make them easy to remember, I’ve made them into an acrostic — JOYFUL. Today, we’ll look at the first three.
“Jettison” means “to abandon as worthless, to discard, to eliminate, to get rid of.” Paul says if you want to enjoy life, there are some things you’ve got to get rid of because they are wearing you down and overburdening your life. The Bible says to forget your regrets, because that's what God does — he chooses to forgive your mistakes once they're confessed. The starting point of joy is letting go of the past. Philippians 3:13 says, “One thing I do is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead” (GN).
O: Omit all worries about your future.
If you’re going to enjoy the present, you must omit all worries about your future. Worry, hands-down, is the greatest killjoy of them all. You cannot be joyful and worried at the same time. Paul’s antidotes are these verses: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). You can either worry or you can pray.
Y: Yield yourself to God's purpose.
If you’re just drifting, if you don’t know where you came from or where you’re going or why you’re here, of course you’re not going to have any joy in your life. We all need a cause greater than ourselves for which we live. That is what brings us joy. Living for yourself does not bring joy.
Even when Paul had literally lost everything, there was one thing that could not be taken away from him — his purpose in life. Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (NIV).
If you want to have a joy-filled life, you need to get in line with God’s purpose for your life. When you begin to live the purpose for which you are made, life makes sense, and joy is a lot more easily found.
Talk It Over
- What are the things — people, circumstances, situations, or feelings — that are wearing you down and keeping you from living a joyful life?
- What is the difference in happiness and joy?
- What are you worried about? What do you need to do to release your worry?
Daily Hope with Rick Warren, Rick Warren
The moment I heard about the word 'meme', I was thinking about the memes in 9gag like this one:
I guess it's a different kind of meme. LoL. I was recently tagged by my blog friend Bing to answer thirty questions in just one word and here it goes.
1. Where is your cell phone?
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend?
3. Your hair?
4. Your mother?
5. Your father?
6. Your favourite item?
7. Your dream last night?
8. Your favourite drink?
9. Your dream car?
10. The room you are in?
11. Your ex?
12. Your fear?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?
14. Who did you hang out with last night?
15. What you’re not?
16. The last thing you did?
17. What are you wearing?
18. Your favourite book?
19. The last thing you ate?
20. Your life?
21. Your mood?
22. Your friends?
23. What are you thinking about right now?
24. Your car?
25. What are you doing at the moment?
26. Your summer?
27. What is on your TV?
28. When is the last time you laughed?
29. Last time you cried?
Don't forget to visit Bing's website Warmstone--brings warmth in the coldness of life. =D You can also try this one out and share a little something about yourself. =3 That's all!
I find this very uplifting and encouraging and thought of sharing the message it holds. To anyone with an open mind and heart.
Dan Buttafuoco, an attorney in New York City, is president of the Historical Bible Society . He has written this powerful description of why we need to be reading Scripture every day.
The Bible is the single most important book ever written. It is an eyewitness account of historical events of such magnitude that they have literally shaped the world in which we live. Without this book the Western world and a good deal of the Eastern world would be completely different today than if the events of this book had never occurred.
It is not too much to say that the events recorded in this book are claimed by a significant percentage of people who have ever lived on this earth to be the most important events ever recorded in the history of the world. This book is foundational to just about everything mankind will ever know or accomplish. It has directly led to massive undertakings of good will and charity. Because of this book, great projects have been undertaken, hospitals have been built, multitudes fed and clothed and orphanages founded.
Here are five primary reasons why you need to read the Bible.
Reason #1: THE BIBLE HAS TRANSFORMED THE WORLD
It would be impossible to claim to be an educated person in today's world without having at least some familiarity with the events contained in this book. Actually, all of the events contained in this book should be known by everyone.
- A good number of people around the world read portions of this book every day. It is one of the most published and printed books in the history of the world. It has been printed in just about every known language (including braille) and each year, since it was first written, it has been the world's greatest bestseller year after year. As time marches on it is continually printed in yet more languages. Collectors of rare books treasure it in every form.
- The Bible was the first book ever put to the printing press. The man who first printed it, Johannes Gutenberg, was recently voted the most important man to have ever lived within the past 1000 years!
- A good number of museums exist today which are dedicated solely to this very book and the events contained therein.
- The Bible is available in every corner of the globe, even where it is illegal to own or read this book. It is available in electronic format and on CD as well. You can find it on the internet for free. Famous actors and personages regularly quote it. It was quoted by William Shakespeare many times in his writings.
- Worldwide organizations and associations have been formed because of this book and its message, many of them existing for centuries. Together they represent multiple hundreds of millions of members.
Reason #2: PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THIS BOOK
People have died torturous deaths simply to gain access to this book. You may, even now, be in a country where this book is discouraged or even banned outright. In many countries it is a crime to distribute or even possess this book.
- This book has been praised, cursed, restricted, banned, desecrated, burned and fought over. People swear on it and at it.
- Some have tried to eliminate it. All who have tried have failed. People have suffered exquisite tortures and loss of freedom and even their lives for printing it. This has occurred recently and over many centuries past, as well. It is, in fact, a regular occurrence in this world.
- This book is simultaneously hated and loved. Once read it would be impossible to be indifferent to it; for its claims are monumental and beyond exaggerating. It provokes a strong response in either a positive or negative direction; you will either love it or hate it. It was meant to be so by design. It is so controversial that wars have been fought over its interpretation. Governments have toppled on account of it and kings have been deposed because of it. Most importantly, lives have been dramatically changed for good because of this book.
The Bible is the most copied book of antiquity. Written over a time period of some 1,500 years, it was completed approximately 2,000 years ago. Yet, in all the centuries that have passed, none of its contents have ever been found inaccurate.
- It has been translated into its present form directly from the original languages from a vast supply of ancient manuscripts sifted by the best minds and most competent scholars of our day and of many prior generations. It has been translated into every known existing language.
- It is surpassingly accurate to the smallest details. Its contents, as translated, are as close to the original words of the authors as humanly possible. Only a few words of the entire book (a tiny, insignificant percentage) are in any doubt as to the original words and none of the disputed text affects the message of the book. Additionally, new discoveries of previously unknown ancient manuscripts continue to provide ever greater accuracy to the contents of this book.
- It has been sifted, studied, commentated upon and dissected more than any book in history. Volumes of books have been written about it and if they were stacked on top of one another they would reach to the sky.
- Where this book can be verified by external events such as archeology, geography, custom, politics, culture, known world history and writings in other ancient texts it has been so verified as to be accurate in all respects. New discoveries always support it, never vice versa. It has never once been proven faulty on single detail or fact, although many have mightily tried and failed.
Reason #4: IT CONTAINS A LIFE-CHANGING MESSAGE OF FREEDOM
The Bible has liberated many from oppression by its clear teachings. It raises the dignity and rights of every human being ever born. It is truly an amazing and remarkable piece of writing. It contains clear teaching on the value and worth of every individual. It will astonish and surprise you and likely move you to tears.
- It has freed minds and hearts throughout history. The events recorded in this book have generated more great works of art (and some not-so-great ones, as well) than any other subject matter in the history of the world. All the museums in the world, added together, could not possibly contain all of the artwork inspired by the events of this book.
- This book itself represents true freedom. It has never been in the custody and control of a single group of people, unlike other important books. It belongs to everyone and it has been possessed by everyone, every culture and every tribe and race of people. Reading it will strike you directly in your heart. It has the "ring of truth" to all who love the same.
- This book contains a message at its very core. It is a message to all people everywhere, in every time period, relevant to their everyday lives. It claims to be the very words of God... an audacious claim, for sure. It is for you to decide whether to believe the message of this book and apply it to your own life.
- If you now know nothing about God, you will know a great deal about God after reading this book. If you believe you know much about God, you will know even more about him after you read this book. You may even decide to re-evaluate your knowledge of God after reading it.
Reason #5: IT CONNECTS YOU TO HISTORY’S MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE
You may have heard of the "godman," Jesus of Nazareth, also called the "Christ" (i.e."Anointed One"). You may even think you know him. But if you have not read the account offered firsthand throughout this book, you will, in effect, know nothing definite about him. The entire Old Testament points to his coming, and the entire New Testament testifies to his teachings and actions.
- His name has been used to bless people and it has been used as a curse word by those who despise him. People have been healed and set free in his name. One thing is for sure: when you meet Jesus in the pages of this book and understand who he claims to be it is impossible for you to remain indifferent to him.
- This story is either the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind or it describes Jesus as exactly who he claims to be: the Supreme Lord and Ruler over all of mankind and the very creator God of the Universe. Logically speaking, this is either a nice poetic story created from a fantasy with an intent to deceive you or a clear and accurate picture of God, who is our judge ( both mine and yours). You decide. If you think you know about God already, consider the source of that "knowledge" and examine if this book may, in fact, be a better source for true knowledge about the one true Creator God that made you and everything else, both known and unknown in this Universe.
- People are free to reject this book and what it says. God made us "free moral agents" to choose as we desire. Yet, people violate the teachings and wisdom of this book at their own peril.
- Because of the main person in this book, Jesus of Nazareth, time has been split into two main epochs (B.C. "before Christ" and A.D. "anno Domini" for "year of our Lord").
- Each year, over a billion people celebrate his birth, his death and his bodily resurrection from the dead.
- Jesus is the only religious leader ever to make the claim that he has risen from the dead. All others are dead and buried. Abraham is dead. Moses is dead. Mohammed has died and remains dead, Buddha is dead, Gandhi is dead. Only Jesus claims to be alive. Even Muslims revere Jesus as a holy man and a great prophet. All told, about half of the world today accepts that this Jesus was a great and remarkable personage.
Keep turning the pages of this remarkable book. Read it with an open mind and open heart. It contains pure truth about God, about life, the nature of mankind and our own hearts as human beings. The Gospel of John is a wonderful place to start, but read the whole thing — Old and New Testaments. You'll be amazed what you discover about God, and about yourself.
If this God is indeed your judge, before whom you will someday give an account of your life, it truly behooves you to be aware of who he is and the simple thing he asks of us before that solemn time comes. In essence, this book will help you to deal with that very event for which we are all destined. Be warned: you will not be the same after you read this book.
How hard it is to love people who have wronged you. To love thy enemies, although I am not regarding them as enemies. I am just sensitive when it comes to people who have wronged me on a certain basis aware or unaware. It's a difficult thing to do when your emotions are surging and all you can think about are the wrong things they have done to you that have hurt, annoyed, angered, offended or irritated you. I think everyone has experienced this at some points in their lives.
"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." - Luke 6:27-28 -
This is what the Lord commanded. Is He asking us to do the impossible then? Is it so hard to love the unlovable to the point of becoming an impossibility? That you can never learn to forgive? That you can never mend? And that you always keep a grudge, a thorn in your heart? Even God who is above us forgives even to the lowliest among us (Daniel 9:9, 1 John 1:9). So we, too, should learn to forgive and to love. It is very difficult, but it is possible. Because God makes all things possible if you just call out to Him and believe (Matthew 19:26). If you already believe in Him, call out to Him and He will cleanse you and make you do things that you thought you could never do--like forgiving and loving those who have wronged you. If you don't believe in Him and there's hatred, grudge and bitterness in your heart for some people, why don't you try Him? You've got nothing to lose when you do. It's really a matter of choice. And once you have made the right choice, you will soon see how your life will unfold in ways that you can never comprehend. But choosing the right decision is not the end of the tunnel. It doesn't end there. Rather, it's the beginning of a wonderful journey towards eternity.
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." - Luke 6:35-36 -
This is, by far, one of the most (or rather the most) epic movie I have ever seen since Inception. Christopher Nolan is truly a genius. It's not just a typical super hero movie. Whilst it has the actions and thrills that a super hero movie thrives on, it doesn't stop there. It builds up the story with its depth and intricate subplots that involves a lot of characters who contribute to the wholeness of the entire movie. It develops the characters and the plot at the beginning of the film well enough and transforms into something so immense and so spectacular that it leaves you awe-struck and amaze not just with its visuals and sound effects, but the entirety of how the story progresses and twists itself quite remarkably into something that you could have never known. Batman and fairly Batman fans would definitely be enthralled by this closing film of the Batman Trilogy by Nolan. I can't say anything bad to it except the audio at the cinema I went to watch was bad. Tsk. Anyhow, it's definitely a masterpiece and a great work of art that does not just provide you with amazing visual and sound effects, but is well-written and well-thought of giving you a great overall experience of what a great super hero movie should be. Truly an epic conclusion.
On a side note, when I learned that Anne Hathaway was playing as a Catwoman, I was like "Huh? Anne Hathaway"? Will it really fit her? Coz I usually see her in chick flicks and comedies. Not really on movies that thrive on action. But she just proves how flexible she can be and makes a great and sneaky cat burglar. =3 Also, who would have thought that Tom Hardy from 'This Means War' and 'Inception' played Bane. That classy English gentleman with the accent. It was kinda hard associating him as Bane especially after the last movie I watched wherein he was casted was 'This Means War'. But he plays Bane really well and menacingly convincing.