Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)

A couple of years ago, TIME.com came up with an article with the title, “The Secret to Happiness.” It is obviously an intriguing one which I ended up clicking and reading.

In the article, it gives us very interesting research to consider:

“Scientific research provides compelling data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness. Through fMRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex. Experiments show evidence that altruism is hardwired in the brain—and it’s pleasurable. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive, and meaningful.”

What scientific research reveal to us only validates what Scripture articulates. Paul the apostle tells us to not look only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.

A Chinese saying goes like this…

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Genuine joy is found not in getting what we want but in helping others get what they need. St. Francis of Assisi was quoted saying, “For it is in giving that we receive.”

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank You for the truth of Your Word. I am grateful that Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I repent for being selfish and thinking only about myself. Teach me to choose others and not just prefer myself. The easiest thing to do is to want what’s best for me. Your Son Jesus gave sacrificially and selflessly placed others before Himself – for in that, we found our salvation. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Yesterday’s fight was indeed a great win for Manny and the Filipino people. I am always appreciative of how it unites us as a nation. Quoting what Quest said after the fight, “Manny, I truly believe THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO. Not basketball, not politics. When you’re in the ring we’re united. When you fight, we shine.. When you win, we find hope. This is why millions of people look up to you. Its an honor, Sir!”

But what inspired me more was not the win but how he responded to Max Kellerman’s question about the much awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight if it’s ever going to push through. He responds with a cheerful attitude saying, “He’s going to fight me? Yes! Yes!” quoting his line from Foot Locker’s recent commercial on “Week of Greatness.”

The book of Proverbs says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov. 17:22)

Thanks Manny. You make us proud. And you make us laugh.

And to all of us, I pray that as we start this week, we will continue to approach life with cheer and joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Here’s the Foot Locker commercial followed by the Max Kellerman interview.

 

 

 

 

“I deserve to be happy.”

As a pastor, I’ve sat down with many people and heard this statement countless times.

Is it possible that we have set our sights on the wrong goal?
We have interchanged the goal and the result.

Hebrews 10:10 says, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”

1 Peter 1:15. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”

God’s goal for you is not your happiness but your holiness.
Now because you are pleasing God, then one of the possible results of that is your happiness.
But that’s not that goal.

How does this translate to life, then? I’m glad you asked.

Paul says in the book of 2 Corinthians to make it our goal to please Him. Therefore, our pursuit of holiness goes beyond just being in church. Gospel driven holiness is applied in the office, your campus, at home, in the kitchen, while driving, or while in the mall.

The result may or may not be happiness. The one sure result that the fruit of the Holy Spirit brings is the fruit of joy. This goes beyond circumstances and happenings (same root word as happiness).

God is working not to bring ease and comfort to you but to bring growth and maturity.
And in that, there is unspeakable joy.

This is too funny.

Just a little something in the middle of the week to make us smile. Hopefully this does it.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)

 

G K B TO BUILD A SNOWMAN

Frozen © Disney. Content property of Disney, 2013.
Written by Frances (veryfrances.tumblr.com)
Sung by Razel and Lenina Guerra

LYRICS
G ka ba to build a snowman?
Tara let’s make laro outside
So sad na I don’t see you na
Stop making tago there
It’s like you made layas
Dati we’re super best friends
But now, deins na
I wish you could spill kung why
G ka ba to build a snowman?
Steady lang if not a snowman
(Make chupi, A)
Mmkay, bye.
G ka ba to build a snowman?
Or make padyak our bicycles
Kasi we don’t hang out na much
I make kwento tuloy
Sa selfies on our walls
(Hang in there, J!)
It gets a bit mej lonely
Kwartos are empty eh
I waste my time making tambay
(Tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock)
E,
Please, I know you’re there lang
People are making chismis na
They say be tapang, and I’m trying to
Nandito me for you, just let me in.
We’re tayong two nalang nga
It’s just me and you
Do we have plano ba?
G ka ba to build a snowman?

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“I don’t feel joyful today!”
“I feel miserable this morning.”
“I just want to sulk in my cave.”

Did you know that you can choose joy?

When we wake up in the morning, we can choose to be joyful or choose to be miserable.

That’s the main difference between joy and happiness.

Happiness is hinged on ‘happenings’. But joy is so much deeper.

It is not based on a circumstance but on a Person.

Jesus said, “I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, GWT)

There will be trouble in the world. But in the midst of trouble, there can be peace and joy.

Those 2 (peace and joy) are not dependent on WHAT is going on in your life but on WHO is in your life.

This is the very reason why it is your choice to rejoice – you have a relationship with the One who created the heavens and the earth. And this Creator is your Father.

A few reasons why I can choose joy? (There’s about 10 of them.)

I am God’s child. John 1:12
I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15
I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I have been forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:13-14
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:28
I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 1:6
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

We spend a lot of time desiring every little thing we don’t have rather than rejoice on every huge thing we do have in Christ.

Choose to be joyful today.

It’s your choice to rejoice.

 

Many of us have been touched by the life of Dolphy in one way or another.

From John and Marsha to Home Along Da Riles and everything else in between, watching and listening to him has been an absolute joy.

Why has he touched so many lives?

Proverbs tells us that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Laughter plays a major role in our lives.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” (Charlie Chaplin)
“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” (Robert Frost)
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” (Charles Dickens)
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” (Mark Twain)
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” (Martin Luther)

But ultimately, it is God, the source of all joy, who brings laughter and cheer to our hearts. The Bible says that “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21)

The end result? It actually brings God glory.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2)