The scripture for today, January 4 (1/4), is Philippians 1:4 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
Are you sad about something? Do your prayers consist mostly of give me this, help me with that? Begin today to keep an on-going list of your prayer requests for the year, and another one of thanksgiving for when those prayers are answered. Begin today to tell God, “Thank you.”
Also begin today to look around at your circumstances ~ whatever they may be ~ with joy. There can be some kind of joy in every situation if you look at it through eyes of joy.
The above quotation is from a letter to Philippi in northern Greece bordering today’s Bulgaria. Here, a majority of the citizens were barbarian-looking warrior Thracians. But these rough semi-professional warriors also brought the world joy with their beautiful sculptures.
Philippians is a book about peace and joy. This is the book that says, “And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (4:7)
This is also the book that says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (4:13).
From now on, tell God, “Thank you,” and in the process rediscover your joy.
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