Yes, This Blog Site is Still Active

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Hello, everybody. It’s been a while. As you see in the title of this blog, I still have an active blog site. I apologize (once again) for my absence, but you know how it is. Sometimes, life gets the best of us. I’m not saying this to imply something tragic has happened. There are a few things that have stopped me from blogging constantly, and I admit, laziness is one of the reasons.

However, I’m also working on my third novel. I’ve been lagging behind on that as well, but I can say with confidence that I’m almost finished with it. Hallelujah! In my opinion, the creative process when writing a book can be exhausting, so a lot of things I have to set aside because of it.

Then it’s the good old day job. We have to make a living right. Unfortunately, I spend most of my time at my place of employment. Literally. Unlike a lot of people, I work twelve hour shifts, including overtime. Six in the morning until six in the evening. It’s hard to do any kind of writing for yourself when you’re working those kind of hours.

Then it’s the laziness part, aka Twitter (just kidding). I love interacting with the people in the #WritingCommunity. The people there are very knowledgeable and friendly, so it’s quite easy for me to spend a lot of my time on there. Lucky for me, I do this a lot at work (I’m a multitasker lol). If you have a Twitter account, and you would like to follow me, my user name is @JCMaine. I follow back the majority of the time, unless you’re a bot. I don’t want to waste my time interacting with a robot or a scammer.

So, that’s it. I’m still here. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to make an effort to be more active on here. Until that time, I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Don’t Feed Into the Hate

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I have to vent about something. I need to vent about the fake bravado and toughness I see on social media.

I want to see people win, whether it is in life, or on social media. The only exception I have to that is when someone tries to get ahead by putting other people down, either subtly, or directly.

Certain people on social media wants to discredit every successful thing you did, in order to make themselves look better. They will tell you that this doesn’t matter, or that don’t matter, only because they’re not doing, or unable to. They constantly talk about how they’re going to kick somebody’s ass, or how they have someone’s back, even though they live in the boondocks by themselves somewhere. What I’m about to say next sounds like hating, but the worst part is that they have people who agree with them. They agree with the hatred, and bully-like mentality (even though they say they hate bullies) they spew on social media. It’s sickening!

These people don’t know anything about pain and despair. Poverty and violence. Some of them have been spoiled all of their lives. Now, all of a sudden, they’re tough. They drop F bombs like it’s nothing, like it scares someone. They’re not tough — they’re imposters!

The haters — the fake tough guys and girls on social media — are more of a problem than you might imagine. The ones with a decent amount of followers are looked at like role models by a blind few. The ones who are led astray by them carries their negative influence over to the real world, with devastating consequences. They get cursed out, they lose their jobs — some even get assaulted. They’re lives are ruined, while the influencer of hate who’s scared to leave their house still lives comfortably.

I beg you, please don’t feed into the hate. Don’t let someone’s petty anger change your view of the world for the worst. Our words have the power to make it a better world for all of us. Let’s make it, a better tomorrow!

A Flawed Christian

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I’m writing this to clear up a misconception about me. A few people have pointed out the differences between my blog page, my books, and my post on social media. “You talk about God, but you also say this and that.” For the record, what I am is a flawed Christians. You know what — I don’t like that title. What I am is a flawed human being. Yeah, that sounds better.

I am a follower of the Christian faith. I read the Bible and I follow the instructions in it most of the time. However, I do occasionally succumb to temptation. One of my biggest weaknesses is women. Does that mean I go around and have sex with any woman that will show me attention? Absolutely not. What it does mean that I might occasionally give a woman a compliment or smile at her to let her know that I like her. I used to do a lot worse when I was younger, so old habits die hard. Why am I writing about this? Because this topic shows up in a lot of my writing. In my books, I write about sex, sometimes in lengthy detail. Does that mean I don’t believe in God? No, it means I wrote about sex.

Also, on social media, it will show people what you like and don’t like. They will use that as a way to judge me, but if I see a picture of a beautiful woman, most times I’m going to like the post. I don’t believe it’s a sin to do that. If someone is expressing their opinion in a derogatory manner and I agree with their opinion, more than likely I’m going to like it. Does it mean I will use their language? Probably not. Sometimes, I say negative things on social media too. Is that a reflection of my personality? To a certain degree. Like most people, my emotions get the best of me. It does not mean that I’m a bad person.

With that being said, I do sin. We all do, whether we realize it or not. The Bible acknowledges this. The reason why the New Testament exist is because Jesus recognized this. Now, this post was not meant to convert you to Christianity. I just want people to understand that a sinner can believe in and love God. That’s why I write about it. That’s why it’s in my books. It’s not blasphemy — it’s just my unique way of expressing myself. I’m a human being that make mistakes — I just hope you can accept that.

Admire Your Creation

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But let each one test (their) own work, and then (their) reason to boast will be in (themselves) alone and not in (their) neighbor(s).

–Galatians 6:4 ESV (Parenthesis used in scripture to replace singular pronouns.)

As a writer and author, I would love for everyone to read and admire my work. I long for people to buy multiple copies of my book. For them to give me a ton of positive book reviews. To have millions read and interact with my blog page. I desire all of the above — but they are not the main reasons why I do what I do.

Truth be told, I mostly write for myself. Yes, I’m sharing it with the world, but what I write is mostly what I want to read. I don’t write what’s popular. If that were the case, I probably would have sold more books.

Two major things I put above profit and fame are my soul and my peace of mind. The same reason why I write what I like is the same reason why I wouldn’t do certain jobs. For example, I could never do a job that would require me to lie, even if it paid good money. I would feel impure if I did that, even if it made me a rich man.

I could never write something that would encourage someone to do something wrong, regardless of the financial gains. Written communication and media has a tremendous influence on society. It would eat at my consciousness if I knew my words influenced someone to commit violence against another person.

That is why I write for myself. I know if I like and enjoy what I create, there are plenty of people out there that would like it too. What I write is in line with my personality and my morals, and I will experience joy creating it and sharing it with the world.

Rest!

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According to some religions, Saturday is considered to be the Sabbath Day, the day of rest. Most Christians believe that Sunday is the reserved day. Regardless of what day it is, I believe we should set aside one day during the week to rest and recharge.

I would normally write a detailed blog explaining why we need to understand or consider doing something. In this case, however, I believe you already know the reason. You, in particular your body, are the only one that determine whether you need to rest or not. So, the only advice I will give you is for you to listen to your body. If you don’t have any urgent matters to attend to, and you feel drained or unmotivated, recharge by taking a day for yourself to rest and lay around in your bed, like I do from time to time. 🙂

Does Toxic Positivity Exist?

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I’ve been told on two occasions that it was toxic for me to encourage people to be positive. One person even unfollowed me on Twitter for this. My question is, what is so toxic about having a positive outlook on life?

With this being said, I’m not suggesting we should be positive all of the time in our lives. We simply can’t be positive in some situations. It’s hard to be positive when a loved one has JUST died, or for some reason, we are SUDDENLY homeless and have nowhere to live. I capitalize these words because I’m talking about things that could happen in an exact moment. I don’t suggest being positive if we SUDDENLY suffer a physical assault on the street. It wouldn’t be toxic positivity; it would simply be inappropriate given the circumstances.

However, if we want to live the best life we could live, then we should try our best to be positive. I believe positivity is all about outlook (the future), even when a possibly upcoming bad situation seems insurmountable. If it’s insurmountable, why be positive you might ask? Because what good would it do if we’re negative and pessimistic about everything. We never know what the future might hold.

Our circumstances may suddenly turn around for the better. That’s why we should never give up. Never! I believe in fate; I believe in miracles. The only way we are going to see them is if we have a positive outlook on life. There is nothing toxic about being positive. It makes live worth living, and we become better people because of it.

Execution

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It does not matter how my affirmations and biblical scriptures you quote, if we do not physically work on facing your challenges, it will be highly unlikely that we will be successful in facing it. I use the word “unlikely” because there is always that rare chance that we will be successful without preparing ourselves, even though the percentages of that happening is very low. We do not want to rely on that — instead, we want to have the satisfaction of knowing that we did everything possible to guarantee us victory over our obstacles.

Wise men like Moses, Joshua, and Paul understood this even though they were anointed by God. Moses mostly used the guidance of the Lord in leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the promise land, but he was wise enough to have excellent advisers like Aaron and Joshua around him. They made sure him, and his followers were thoroughly prepared for their journey through the wilderness.

When Moses died, Joshua had the responsibility of conquering the promise land for the Israelites. He had to lead his followers by figuring out and executing military strategy. He did not do this by blinding going into battle — he did this by coming up with a detailed plan and making sure that his people was in the right place at the right time. Look at it this way — God was the omnipotent general telling him what he wanted, and Joshua was the colonel making preparations to ensure his people victory over their enemies.

In order for us to complete our goals, we have to execute them. We will never have the perfect plan. At some point, we have to take what we came up with and run with it. Don’t let a fear of failure hinder you — take action, and know that God is on your side!

The Revelation Begins

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David Christian was confused by the events that were now unfolding around him. He looked up at the sky and noticed that the moon was a sphere of blood. The stars were gone, even though the sky was clear.

David stood behind a crowd of over one hundred people. They were there to listen to Paul Solomon’s campaign speech — the man who was currently the mayor of Clydesville, Maryland. David had to warn him about an assassination attempt on his life.

He took a deep breath before walking along the chain-linked fence to the left of the crowd. He didn’t understand why the mayor would schedule his speech outside in Hyde Park at night with so many in attendance. They weren’t wearing face masks, and they weren’t following social distancing guidelines in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Paul Solomon continued to give his speech to the crowd as his two bodyguards stood behind him. It appeared that the mayor and the crowd were oblivious to the sight of the starless night sky, or the strange atmosphere of this dark event.

David was now fifty feet away from the stage. As he moved forward, he felt intensifying winds pushing against him. He saw a tall black man standing beside the stage steps to the left of him. The man was wearing a long tan trench coat and a baseball cap on his head.

David believed this man was the assassin. He pushed himself through the crowd, upsetting the people around him. Someone in the crowd pushed him back, causing him to fall back on two other people.

“Stop!” David yelled as he tried to regain his composure. “I’ve got to save him!”

“What are you talking about?” a man barked at David before throwing a punch at him.

The man missed him with his wild swing. David counterpunched, knocking the man to the ground. Two more people grabbed David by his arms.

“Let me go! You don’t understand!”

Paul noticed the chaos forming in the crowd. “Everyone calm down,” he said. “There is no need for that.”

The two bodyguards ran off of the stage to stop the commotion. They grabbed and pulled David away from the people who had him in their clutches.

“Get Paul off the stage!” David yelled. “He’s going to kill him!”

“What are you talking about?” one of the bodyguards said. “Who’s trying to kill him?”

The man in the trench coat stepped onto the stage. David, trapped in the clutches of the bodyguards, was aware that Paul had no idea the man was on the stage.

“David? Why are you doing this? What’s wrong?”

“Paul, watch out!”

A few people in the crowd were pointing and yelling at Paul, while others were running away from the stage. Paul turned his head away from the crowd — that’s when he saw the bearded man in the trench coat pointing a handgun at his head.

The bodyguards released David once they saw the scene unfolding. They ran back to the stage to stop what looked like an assassination attempt.

Paul reached for the handgun, but the man in the trench coat pulled the trigger. A flash of light exploded in front of Paul’s face, which caused him to collapse on the stage. The flow of his blood formed a red pool of blood around him.

“Noooo!” David yelled as he sprinted toward the stage.

The people in the crowd were running in all directions, trying their best to get away from the gunman. David was blind-sided by someone running at full speed as he was going to the stage. His head hit the ground hard, causing him to go unconscious…

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Days of Revelation

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David Christian is a man who has been having reoccurring nightmares in which the mayor of Clydesville, Maryland, Paul Solomon, is assassinated. The events in his dreams bother him because they are becoming increasingly intense. He tries to dismiss them, until one day he meets the assassin on the street, a dangerous man who suffers from his own demons. His belief is also reinforced when he meets a woman with the ability to interpret his dreams.

What happens next takes David on a wild ride to save one man’s life. How will he stop the would-be assassin without looking like a madman? How will he overcome obstacles like the police and the drama in his own personal life? Most importantly, what is the far-reaching consequences if he fails? The answer might determine the fate of the world as he knows it!

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Optimistic

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It’s the end of January 2021, and even though I thought we had a bad start to the year, I’m still optimistic about the rest of it. I believe the Covid-19 distribution is going to get better, and I believe by the summer we will be able to do the things we did before the pandemic. There will be less hate, more employment opportunities, higher wages, and better qualities of living.

I say this because I believe the majority of us have learned our lessons from the mistakes of 2020. That even goes for the ones mostly at fault for the bad things we experienced. There are some people out there right now that are reaping what they’ve sowed. People cannot do things with evil intent and believe there will be no backlash from it. The hate and content they spew will eventually consume and destroy them. We will be a witness to it, and we will be better people because of it.

I advise everyone to keep their spirits high, even if it looks like this is 2020 part 2. Our ancestors have dealt with things that were just as bad as or worse than this, and they’ve still found ways to carry on and persevere. So be of good cheer — we still have a lot of 2021 to look forward to. 🙂