Happiness Habit: Be Generous 喜乐的习惯：慷慨
Happiness Habit: Be Generous
By Rick Warren — Feb 23, 2016
“At the moment I have all I need — and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me.... They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” (Philippians 4:18 NLT)
“你们所送的我都全数收到了，而且绰绰有余；我已经足够了，因我从以巴弗提收到你们所送的，好象馨香之气，是 神所接纳所喜悦的祭物。”（腓4:18 新译本）
You earn a living by what you make, but you earn the respect and gratitude of others and a legacy and reputation by what you give.
Who are the people in your life you’re most grateful for? They’re the people who’ve invested time, money, energy, and patience in you. The people you’re most grateful for are the people who’ve given the most to you.
The most giving people are the most appreciated people. Paul gives an example of this: “How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News.... No other church did this. At the moment I have all I need — and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me.... They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:10, 14-15, 18 NLT).
那些付出最多的人就是那些被感恩最多的人。保罗举了一个例子：“我在主里大大地喜乐，因为你们现在又再想起我来；其实你们一向都在想念我，只是没有机会表示……然而，你们一同分担了我的患难，实在是好的。腓立比的弟兄们，你们也知道，在我传福音的初期，离开马其顿的时候，除了你们以外，我没有收过任何教会的供给……你们所送的我都全数收到了，而且绰绰有余；我已经足够了，因我从以巴弗提收到你们所送的，好象馨香之气，是 神所接纳所喜悦的祭物。”（腓立比书4:10，14-15，18 新译本）
Is anybody grateful for your generosity? How many people can you think of who would say about you, “That person is so loving and giving; they have been so generous with me”?
There is no better day than today to thank the people who have been generous to you. You can thank them by calling them or writing a note and letting them know how they specifically invested in you and what it has meant in your life. Then, use those people as your model for how to give of yourself and be generous with others.
Talk It Over
Who are the people in your life for whom you are most grateful?
How can you show your appreciation to those people today?
How are you investing in the lives of others? What more can you do?