We Can’t Do It Alone

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I believe that one of the worst feelings in the world is to go through something without the love and support of other people. Even people that consider themselves independent and introverted eventually get worn down from being alone. The battles that we face in life becomes difficult for us to deal with without the support and love of other people.

Sometimes, the reason why we lack support is because of how we view the world. We might not ask for support because we don’t trust other. Our attempts to avoid people could possibly rub them the wrong way. As a result, they will likely avoid us because of our unfriendly disposition. 

However, no matter how hard we try to avoid people, we are never truly alone and self-sufficient. We have to interact with people whenever we go to a store or when we have to go to a doctor’s appointment. This means that we should try to interact with friends and family. We need to do this not only out of love, but also because we never know when we might need them.

In the Book of Ruth from the Bible, a woman named Naomi lost her husband Elimelech not long after moving to Moab from Bethlehem. Later, her two sons Mahlon and Kilion married Moabite women. Unfortunately, both of Naomi’s sons died ten years later. She ended up being alone as a result.

She was about to go back to her homeland with her two daughters-in-law but decided to tell them to go back to their mothers’ houses.  In her mind, she decided to suffer alone, because she believed that “the Lord himself has raised his fist at [her] (Ruth 1:13). 

Oprah told Naomi goodbye and decided to stay in Moab. But Ruth, knowing that her mother-in-law would suffer her tragedy alone, decided to go with Naomi to Bethlehem. I believe it was because Ruth did not want Naomi to suffer alone after she lost her husband and her two sons. When Naomi let Ruth go with her, the Lord blessed her by giving Naomi a “grandson,” someone that would keep her company, but would also carry on her family legacy.  Her grandson, Obed, would eventually have a grandson of his own by the name of David.

The Lord also blessed Ruth by putting her in a position to remarry and to have a child. She eventually married Boaz, a wealthy and influential man in the town of Bethlehem and was a relative of Naomi’s husband. So, the Lord blessed both Naomi and Ruth because they both stayed with and showed support for each other in their time of need. We were not put on this earth to be alone.  God gave Eve to Adam because he knew it was not good for us to be alone. When someone falls, another person should be there to pick them back up. We need to be around other people, especially if we consider ourselves to be good, so that some of our influence can rub off on them.  We are all interconnected — indirectly we are never truly alone.  So, the best way to show that we care is by directly surrounding ourselves with the people that we care about. 

The One

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Hello everyone. I want to share with you a poem I originally wrote as part of a writing exercise on Twitter. I usually participate in this exercises to test my writing skills, but I couldn’t just let this be shared as a simple tweet. So, here it is — my poem titled “The One.” I hope you like it.

The One

Are we talking about the one called the prodigy son?

That produced the sun and moon, created everything in existence.

The omnipresence, that gave the spirit of life to you and I.

The one, his enclave positioned far beyond the sky.

Cinnamon

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I fantasize about her beauty

Mesmerized by her poetry

The (more I see a) smile from her

I wonder if she’s feeling me


Wanting to gaze into my eyes

Would she be satisfied

If I licked between her thighs

The feeling will have her hypnotized


I want to vocalize my love for her like the Songs of Solomon

And not replicate the sins of men that offend

Besides, I like cinnamon,

I want it spread out on the sheets

Thinking it would be so sweet

if we ever got to meet.

A Loving Community

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Caring for the people in our community is one of the things it mean in the Bible when it says “love your neighbors.” This is also a crucial commandment because this is what makes the world a better place.

In Matthews 22:39, Jesus said that loving “your neighbor as yourself” is equal to what he said was the most important commandment, which is loving “the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”  Jesus knew the significance of loving your neighbor when he equated it to loving the Lord.

However, some people have a hard time loving their fellow man and woman as they would love God because people are naturally flawed.  Half of us have a tendency to judge people negatively — this is why we have a hard time getting along with them. We sometimes do this by either talking behind people’s back, disrespecting them, avoiding them, or even acting out in violence towards them without knowing their true intentions. Before we know it, we will find ourselves caught up in an endless cycle of hate towards each other. Other people get caught up in the negativity around us, which eventually causes a collective consciousness of bad behavior in our society. That is one of the many tactics the devil use to destroy us.

This is why Jesus said “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others.” So, when we talk about someone negatively, best believe someone is slandering us behind our backs as well. When we consistently talk bad about people, they will eventually avoid us because we would be known as the person that always talk bad about other people. When we take advantage of someone like not paying back money we owe to them or stealing from them, we will suffer the consequences by it either ruining our reputation or by someone acting violently toward us. 

We are all flawed in some type of way. This is why Jesus said “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?  How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye’” We can’t become better people by talking about what other people are doing wrong without correcting what we are doing wrong. We should work on our flaws to the best of our abilities. We do this by helping people and showing them love and support.

No Competition

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It is rare for me to write a blog for two consecutive days, but I had something on my mind, and I would like it to be known. Have you ever felt like someone was spying on you on the internet?

Hear me out — I know that my post will be seen by the public. After all, that is the whole purpose of writing it. What I mean is someone looking at your post for the purpose of using the information on it against you. It could be someone that you know but secretly doesn’t support you. Somebody that doesn’t like you or looks at you like a threat to what they are doing.

You see, sometimes you are in a competition with someone you didn’t know you in one with. It could be a coworker, a so-called friend, even a family member. They will spy on you and lie on you just to get the upper hand on you. You may laugh, but I promise you that you have at least one person like that in your life. It’s just the reality of the world we live in.

So, I write this blog specifically for the ones that are trying to get some type of intelligence on me. I don’t think of you or anyone else as my enemy. I work and do things in order to have a better life for myself and my family. I care for people in general but if you have a problem with me, you should know that I don’t care about YOU. To clarify, I don’t care where you work, what you say, what you do, and why you do it. While YOU are thinking about ways to get the upper hand on me, I’m thinking about how to improve my life. I can’t do that if I’m thinking about other people, so do me a favor and stay out of my business.

If you like reading my blogs, I want to thank you and I hope you continue to support my work. For the ones who look at my blogs just to get some type of ammunition against me, please do yourself a favor and get a life!

Carry On

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It doesn’t matter how much things change, to me it’s the same old thing. The only thing that changes is the date. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, and years into decades. As a forty plus year old man, to me today is just another day.

You may say “what about the coronavirus? This must have certainly changed your life in some degree.” My response is that I contracted it, got over it, and now my life is like it was before I got it. You may say “well, what about Tropical Storm Isaias? As someone that lives on the east coast of the United States, certainly this has changed something for you.” My response, and the obvious answer, is that tropical storms and hurricanes come and go, but once they’re over life still remains the same.

I’m at a point in my life where I’m not impressed by much anymore. The amusement parks aren’t as exciting to me as they were when I was younger. Road trips to me have lost their appeal. Even something as great as sex is starting to become tiresome and routine. Maybe it is a sign of my testosterone lowering, who knows.

Despite all of this, I will continue to fight the good fight. I will continue to work, continue to write, and continue to pay my bills and my taxes. I don’t say these things because I am becoming suicidal — I say these things because I am getting tired of living the routine and going through the motions. I shouldn’t complain though, because as I tell other people repeatedly — it could always be worse. I could just cease to exist.

Why I Need A…

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Hello again, my beautiful senorita,

I just want to tell you this (why I need a…)


…why I need a chance to profess my love for you.

My only wish, my only hope, is that you love me too.

Maybe, possibly, you’re into me emotionally,

The notion just occurred to me, that you could be my destiny.


(Why I need a) opportunity to shout out your name,

Just to let the world know that I’ve taken my claim.

Brown eyes, honey complexion, I wish you were next to me.

My next wife in my next life, I will await your company.

Positivity

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You are loved. You are wanted. You’re a success. You are intelligent. You are healthy. You are wonderfully made. You are a winner.

I wrote this because I believe this. I believe this for myself, and I believe this for other people. You have to see it and want it. You have to believe it in order to achieve it.

I am kind. I am considerate. I am friendly. I am optimistic. I see the good in people. Everyone is my friend. I know that people want me to succeed. Am I being delusional?

I deleted a post on Twitter today. I was about to display my frustration about people’s following to follower ratio. I was about to cause division. I was about to cause dissent. I was about to upset some people, even if I didn’t plan on calling them out by name.

I was wrong. I was wrong for considering it. I was wrong for thinking about it. I was wrong about posting it. I was right for deleting it.

In life, we get upset about some things that are trivial, like someone taking our favorite parking spot or someone disagreeing with us about politics. Before we even realize it, we will let these things ruin our day. Meanwhile, somebodies’ spouse has died. Someone’s village got bombed. Someone got diagnosed with cancer. A lot worse can happen to us than losing a parking spot.

I am blessed. I am anointed. I am healthy. I am healed. I am grateful. I am thankful.

I will not complain about the trivial things. I will not insult or poke fun at people. I will not disrespect anyone. I will respect other people’s opinions. I will spread positivity, not negativity. I will forgive people that wronged me. I will be forgiven.

I will be loved. I will love. I will be…love.

Where Are We Headed?

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Where am I headed? Where are we headed? These are the questions I ask myself while we are half-way through the year 2020. We continue to deal with Covid-19, with the infection rates in the United States rising to record numbers. Because of this, a record number of people are dealing with mass unemployment. There is the continued problem of police brutality against minorities, and the retaliation and backlash because of it. Then there is the issue of a lack of leadership, and I am not talking about the obvious culprit. It is an issue a lot of older people have noticed in every aspect of our society.

Add global warming, senseless murders, and people separating themselves from God, it seems like we are living in the end times. When referring to the last days, Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:2-3 that “people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.” This is going on right now. A new generation that’s been blessed with the things their parents never had growing up are ungrateful, and they argue with their parents over trivial things. Some of them scoff at Christianity and the ones that practices it. A lot of them support and condone things that are obviously evil, and fight against the people that try to lead them in the right direction.

Revelation 16:9 says “they were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.” As we experience record temperatures, some people still ignore the recommendations of the medical experts to wear a mask and social distancing to stop the spread of Covid-19. They disregard this advice, and when some are struck down by the virus, they said “what kind of God would let this happen?” They want to blame God, but they don’t want to blame themselves. This is the time we are living in right now.

For people like myself that do pay attention, we need to prepare ourselves for the time ahead. We need to continue wearing our mask and social distancing, avoiding places where there is a lot of conflict, and stock up on supplies just in case things get worse. We need to pray for God to forgive us for our sins and get us out of the mess we’re currently in. Our future and our survival will depend on it.

God’s Gracious Gift

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

–James 1:17 ESV

Who dares to dismiss the gifts and talents the Lord has blessed us with? He gave each and every one of us a talent, whether it is to preach, to write, to paint portraits, or to be a florist. They were given to us to help build his kingdom. The question we have to ask ourselves is: are we doing what God wants us to do?

If he has given you the gift to write, it’s only right to write for the good of society. If you’re a natural in psychology, it’s factual that God wants you to help people psychologically.

Do you think he’d be pissed if we dismissed his gift within our mist? How can we complain and explain why we didn’t use the talent within our brain? God gladly gave our great gifts generously, and we gaffe gargantuanly in our unwillingness to use them. If we continue to refuse them, eventually we will lose them.

1 Peter 4:10 KJV says “as every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” He wants us to unload our talents and to face the embrace of our communities. Our combined talents will perfectly balance the grace of his holy place, which is the church, and his pearl which is the world.

If we have a talent, we should use it for the greater good. We can do our part — we just need the heart to start.