"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4
Humility is a common theme in Philippians. These verses emphasize acting with humility in all things and putting the needs of others first, much the way Jesus lived his life. Seniors can practice humility in their daily lives by serving and acting humbly in their relationships with others. You might use your gifts, whether they're practical or an ability to encourage with your words and attitudes, to help those around you.
"Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord!" Philippians 3:1a
The topic of rejoicing appears several times in Philippians. Despite being in prison while writing the letter, Paul encouraged others to rejoice in the Lord. Finding joy in all situations, good and bad, is an important message for seniors. Rejoicing can bring you closer to God and help you through challenging times. It can also deepen your connections with fellow believers and encourage others to seek the Lord.
"I eagerly hope and expect that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." Philippians 1:20
Paul was dedicated to living for Christ and for the glory of Christ. Seniors can follow in Paul's footsteps by growing to know Christ more closely and having the courage to share about him with others so they can also come to know him. As you grow older, you might start to grapple with the idea of death, but surrendering yourself to God can bring you joy and comfort. Sharing his word can help others experience the same.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things." Philippians 4:8
In this verse, Paul encourages everyone to look for the positives in life instead of letting negativity take over. As you get older, you might face health issues, lose friends or face uncertainties. Focusing on the blessings in life can help you move through the difficult situations. Start making a conscious effort to seek positives in your day. Writing in a gratitude journal daily lets you concentrate on the positive things, such as appreciating the beauty of nature, developing new friendships and staying connected with family.
"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12b
Life can change quickly. As an older adult, you can reflect on your life and see times when you were in need and times when you had more than enough. This passage from Philippians talks about learning how to deal with those ups and downs. If you're facing a challenging time, following Jesus can help you get through those challenges. It's also important to stay strong in your faith when things are going well for you. Keeping Jesus as the focus in your life at all times can aid you in making it through every situation.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
Modern life can be overwhelming. Younger generations may seem to be always in a rush, with many tasks to complete. Global events may look chaotic. But Paul provides some guidance in this passage from Philippians. He encourages you to go to God when you're feeling anxious. This advice is still valid today. Praying can help ease your anxiety if you're facing a challenging situation. Putting your faith in Jesus can help protect both your heart and mind.
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13b-14
Dwelling on the past can rob you of your joy and take your mind and heart away from God. This passage reminds seniors to look forward and keep the ultimate reward of heaven in mind. Focusing on this idea helps you rejoice and stay positive.