|When I was a teenager, my grandmother, Lillian Mason, shared with me a particular bible verse that grabbed my attention and provoked my interest. Over the years that followed, I kept this verse in front of me and often contemplated its meaning as I experienced my own life unfolding. As I launched my coaching practice in 1991, I began sharing this special verse with clients, curious if it would touch and challenge them as deeply as it had me. As time passed, I observed, first with individuals, and then with couples and families, that this single passage from the New Testament contained within it “the secret to a joy-filled life.” By applying this verse to their daily lives, my clients started amplifying the joy they experienced in their marriage, with their parenting and in their life as a whole.
Of course, the verse I am referring to is Philippians 4:8:
Unfortunately, we live in a society bent on nursing old wounds and highlighting what is wrong with just about everything. As a result, we have grown accustomed to viewing the world, our lives, and ourselves through a lens of negativity and that negativity stands in direct contrast to the passionate, purpose-filled people God wants us to be. This is what drove me to write The 4:8 Principle. Behind everything you do is a thought, and each individual thought contributes to your overall character. How well your mind works dictates how much joy you experience, how successful you feel, and how well you interact with other people. No area of your life is untouched by your thoughts!
The 4:8 message is simple, relevant, powerful, timeless and rooted in scriptural truth. Translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Romanian, and English for Africa…this short little book has made a big difference across the globe. I encourage you to experience the difference 4:8 thinking can make in your life and then spread that joy throughout your world!
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