THOUGHT: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
CHALLENGE: “Take the time today to examine your wants, needs, and priorities – ask God for his guidance and wisdom. Which of these do you really want and will make you happy? Take the time to reprioritize.”
REFERENCE: I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
THOUGHT: Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
CHALLENGE: “If you are feeling fearful at this moment, courage is only a prayer away. While in prayer, think about the way God has created you – to be a powerful and loving follower of His son. Know that Jesus will be beside you as you face your fear.”
REFERENCE: “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”
THOUGHT: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.”
CHALLENGE: Ask God today to provide you with confidence and the will to truly pursue the best version of yourself. That’s what He expects of you.
REFERENCE: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
THOUGHT: Life’s biggest challenge is deciding what’s important – then disregarding the rest.
CHALLENGE: “Ask God for insight to truly identify and prioritize the things in your life that really matter, and for the courage to dismiss the distractions.”
REFERENCE: “You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?”
THOUGHT: “Perceive and rejoice that life is abundant, that beauty and goodness are amply available . . . that your happiness is in your hands.”
CHALLENGE: You don’t have to look very far to sense the beauty of God’s creation. Seek God’s help to allow you to realize that you can be in control of your attitude and happiness today (and everyday).
REFERENCE: “How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“”Your God reigns!”””
THOUGHT: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
CHALLENGE: “Ask God to lighten your heart today, and seek opportunities to truly enjoy life with those around you. Too much seriousness can slowly diminish your capacity to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.”
REFERENCE: “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
THOUGHT: A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.
CHALLENGE: “Unwrap your arrogance and focus on being big and bold for God. If arrogance and pride creeps into your day, say the Bible passage below and repeat if necessary.”
REFERENCE: The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
THOUGHT: God does not want your personal relationship with Him to remain private.
CHALLENGE: “Throughout the New Testament, we are encouraged to share the Good News with others so they may know Christ as we do. Find an opportunity today to tell someone how happy you are that you have a personal relationship with God.”
REFERENCE: “Now, Lord, enable your servant to speak your word with great boldness.”
THOUGHT: “Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind. – Alice Meyell”
CHALLENGE: Don’t wait for something to make you happy – look inward. Take the quiet time to talk with God about what you can do to be more at peace and happy in your life. This time spent in prayer will be a good beginning.
REFERENCE: “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”
THOUGHT: “Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Loe Buscaglia”
CHALLENGE: Begin today by making it a practice to do the positive gestures listed above throughout your day. You will affect everyone in a positive way and likely aid in turning a life or two around [in addition to your own!]
REFERENCE: “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “”Love your neighbor as yourself,”” you are doing right.”