Daniella Whyte

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Having the Best Interests of Others at Heart (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 339)

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Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Many people in the world often complain about how unhappy they are with their lives. When I hear people talk about finding happiness, I often think that what you are looking for is never so close as the person right next to you — a child, a friend, a co-worker, a parent, a neighbor, a spouse. The beginning of all happiness is not found within ourselves, what we can gain for ourselves, or how we can improve our own lives. It is found in what we can give of ourselves. If all you think about is yourself, you’re going to be quite miserable. Read more…

Stop Being Self-Focused (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 295)

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(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #27)

“We all of us need to be toppled off the throne of self, my dear. Perched up there the tears of others are never upon our own cheek.”
— Elizabeth Goudge

The world is a circle and it revolves around me. This is the sad philosophy of many people in our society. We each sit on our little man-made thrones of self and dare anyone to knock us down. It is so characteristic of human nature and human inclinations. But much of what we do, if we were to really look at it and be honest, is in the best interest of us to the neglect of everyone else. Read more…

Share the Struggle (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 255)

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“We only have what we give.”
— Isabel Allende

Tragedy has a way of playing both sides of the same coin. On one side, it causes us to feel infinite grief, unbearable heartache, and crushing pain. But on the other side, it forces us to do something about what we are feeling. It weakens us and gives us strength at the same time. This is why we find beauty rising from ashes and new purpose coming forth out of pain. Everyone has a story of some kind that forms the foundation for what they do in life. Read more…

3 Other Warning Signs About the Company You Keep (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 235)

3 Other Warning Signs About the Company You Keep

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.”
— Will Smith

Negative thoughts hold the power to ruin us, but equally, do negative people. Sometimes it isn’t our thoughts that kill us, but the negative people we allow to get to us. When we should extract people from our lives, we don’t because we don’t want to hurt their feelings or break up long-standing relationships no matter how draining they are. But if we never make the trek across that bridge, we may never get to where we attempted to go in the first place, and that is how regret develops. Read more…

Create a Vision Bigger Than You (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 193)

Create a Vision Bigger Than You

“You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you.”
— Paramore

Most of us are good at setting goals, but lousy when it comes to accomplishing them. Whether it is finishing college, learning an instrument, or developing a business, we are good at starting things but not finishing them. One of the reasons this is the case is because we lack persistence.  Read more…

A World of Massages (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 176)

A World of Massages

Mark 10:43-44 (NLT)
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.

The battle against selfishness is one of the greatest battles we will ever fight. When we really get down to it, we tend to major in “me,” “I,” and “mine.” We forget about others and seek to serve ourselves. We want for someone else to give to us, to serve us, to help us, and so on. We want to get the massages — everyone does. But we have a wrong perspective of servanthood. We see servants as weak and less than.  Read more…

Just Stop It

Nike’s company slogan is “Just do it!” I think it’s a great slogan to have and something which we can apply to our lives. Nothing will be done unless we just do it.

Our parents, teachers, pastor, and mentors often tell us the things we should do to advance, to make better grades, to grow, or to be the best. All these things are good and should be taken heed to. Rarely, however, do we find someone who will tell us to stop doing some things that are causing to go backwards or remain stagnant, to make poor decisions, or to lack determination to succeed. Habits are formed over time, but habits can also be broken with a simple choice.
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