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. 🙂
On December 31 at ten o’clock at night, numerous churches in the United States have a Watch Night service. It doesn’t end until after twelve o’clock when the new year arrives. The Watch Night service is associated with the freeing of slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation. Other church, however, simply call it the New Year’s Eve service without any reference to slavery. Regardless of what you call it, the service mostly consists of singing and praying. The church members reflect on events of the past year and focus on their goals for the New Year. The services give people the opportunity to pray for spiritual blessings with their fellow church members.
What do Christians around the world pray for when they begin the New Year? I imagine that some people pray for more money. Some of them probably pray for God to bless their loved one. Some people pray for God to improve their health, to take away whatever ails them. Some people might simply pray for a better income tax return.
When the New Year begins, I have a tendency to pray for more money, more opportunities, to be healthier, and continued blessings for me and my family. I also pray that in the New Year I have more opportunities to get more involved in the church. My job sometimes make it hard for me to attend every church service.
I believe that the start of the New Year is a time to start fresh. I believe it’s a time to get past the mistakes or problems of the previous year, to learn from them so that we won’t repeat them in the next one. In my opinion, the New Year represents a new beginning, a time to be born again. As Christians, we should understand this concept very well.
When a person decides to become a Christian, they’re basically deciding to be born again. As the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
So, what does this mean? It means that you no longer hate the people around you. It means that you made the decision to stop having multiple sex partners. It means that you gave up your life as an alcoholic. It means that you no longer lie, cheat, and steal from your neighbors. It means that you made the decision to walk in the spirit. It means you made the decision to stop sinning.
You have the ability to make this decision because Jesus sacrificed his life for your sins. For example, in the time of Moses, if you were caught messing around with another person’s spouse, they would drag you out of your tent (or house) and stone you the death, because that was the law. After Jesus died for your sins, you were no longer under the law and in essence, gave you the opportunity to change your ways. 1 John 1:9 explains what we have to do. It says that “if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. In other words, by confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, he cleanses, or wipes away, our pass sins. The Amplified verses says “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promise) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”
When you decide to come to Christ, you do it freely — you do it willingly. Some people will come to Christ only when they’re experiencing a hardship or if they believe they only have a certain amount of time to live. Whey they do this, the question they have to ask themselves is will Christ accept them? We can quote scriptures all day about this, but will forgiveness be too late for them? I do not want to take that chance so I do it freely because one, I’ve made mistakes and sincerely asked for forgiveness, and two, I don’t want to find out at the end of my life if it’s too late to be forgiven.
That’s why if you want to give your life to God, you have to do it now. You have to pray now for forgiveness and blessings. God will constantly give you chances to turn your life around, to start anew. We have to be like the Apostle Paul — we have to learn from our mistakes and listen to the word of God.
In Colossians 3:23-24, it says that “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” We can be fooled into believing that once we get a job, we have to work hard for our boss – our earthly masters – in order to impress them. We should do our jobs in the best way possible, but remember that we ultimately do it for the Lord – our heavenly master – because he gives us the ability to work.
You cannot support your family and buy the things you want unless you have the ability to work. Even if you were born into money, you still have to figure out ways to keep it and letting your money work for you.
In order for you to receive the Lord’s inheritance, you have to work for it. We have to thank God for any job opportunity we get, any kind of bonuses we receive, and any financial raises we see in our paychecks.
The reason why we must thank God for the ability to work is because you can easily be in a situation where you can’t work. I know someone who is disabled that wishes they had the ability to work a full-time job. A lot of us have the tendency to complain about our jobs even though we were likely happy when we first got it. We talk about our bosses, our coworkers, and the work itself. Only when we lose that job and that income we wish we had our job back, or one like it. Like Philippians 2:14-15 says, you should do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
I’m not saying that we should work a job that we don’t like, but we do have to make sure our job is bad as we claim it is before leaving it. Sometimes it’s not that the job is so terrible; a lot of times it’s because of our attitude and our mindset. If we come to work thinking I’m going to be miserable, we going to be miserable. If we go to work believing that our coworkers are jerk, everything they do is going to make us mad. I believe if we go to our jobs with a positive outlook, we will have a lot more good days than bad days.
That’s why we should take the advice of Galatians 6:9, which says “…let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” We have to believe that we will benefit from our hard work if we do not spend our money foolishly. Don’t talk about it; be about it. Like it says in Proverbs 14:23, “in all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” Proverbs 13:4 says, “the soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
Once our hard work provides us with financial security, we have to keep in mind that our work is not done. It’s not enough to work hard to get what you want; once you get it you have to know how to keep what you’ve obtained.
I remember vividly the day I decided to get back in peak, physical shape. I was walking into a store one day and I remember on two separate occasions when a woman looked at me in disgust. This was a shock to me, because all my life I’ve gotten compliments for the way I looked. I’m not saying this to be arrogant, because I never let it affect my ego, at least until that day.
I’ve been disliked by some women for other reasons. I’ve been accused of being conceited, mean, and having no tact. Women have disliked me for a lack of finances and sometimes for the clothes I wore. I’ve been disliked for how I allegedly treated women, regardless of whether the allegations were true or not. But I have never been disliked by women for my physical appearance until I noticed it in the store that day. People that knew me probably noticed it before then, but it was the first time I noticed it.
That afternoon, I went home and took a long look in the mirror. Despite being only 5’10 and weighing at the time two hundred and seventy-five pounds, I still thought I was in decent shape physically. I lifted weights and I did not look fat, at least that’s what I thought before I looked in the mirror.
I looked at a picture of myself that at the time was taken recently and noticed how fat my face looked. I couldn’t believe it! I looked like I gained twenty pounds from the previous year.
However, this shouldn’t have surprised me. I ate like a pig! There were times when I ate two double quarter pounders from McDonalds in one sitting. I ate whole large pizzas from Pizza Hut some nights for dinner. One of my favorite fattening combinations was a foot-long meatball sub from Wawa’s and a forty-ounce beer.
I was about thirty-two years old at the time, and the only reason I believed my body held together so long was because I lifted weights and my genetic makeup. I took blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. Since high blood pressure ran in my mother’s side of the family, I assumed I had it because of genetics, not because of my diet. I was stupid, and my health got worse.
I noticed at the time, when I walked, my knees would hurt me for no reason. I didn’t run, except for the annual military fitness test, and I never had knee surgery. I eventually realized that they hurt because of all the upper body weight I was carrying around.
The worst thing, the thing that finally made me realize that I had to lose weight, was when I stopped breathing in my sleep. My wife at the time would tell me about it when I woke up. Sometimes, she said she had to tap me a few times before I started breathing again. Thank God she was there! Who knows what would have happened to me if I was living by myself.
When I found that out, I would not go to sleep right away because I was afraid of what would happen to me if I did. I made the decision shortly after to get back in shape. I was weighing about two hundred and seventy-five pounds, and my goal was to get my weight down to two hundred and twenty-five pounds. But would I be able to do it?
Anyone that have tried to lose a lot of weight before knows how hard it is to stick to a weight-loss regimen. Before I created one, the very first thing I did was prayed to God for the strength and determination to accomplish my goal. Since it was so long ago, I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I know that it was similar to the prayer I have here:
Give me the strength and the ability to get myself back in shape. Give me the discipline to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose this weight. Dear God, please don’t let me lose my life because I failed to live a healthy lifestyle. Lord, please give me a second chance. Please give me the will and determination to change my gluttonous ways, for me and my family.
In Jesus’ name,
After that prayer, I did not eat anything unhealthy other than once a month. I stopped going to the fast food restaurants. All I ate for dinner until I reached the weight of two hundred and twenty-five pounds was chicken breast and oatmeal. I stopped eating whole pizzas, footlong meatball subs, double quarter pounders, or anything with a lot of fat in it. I also stopped drinking sodas after a meal.
I learned that the fattening foods I ate in the past slowed my ability to burn fat, so I started eating foods and drinking liquids that would speed up my metabolism. I would put cinnamon, a metabolism booster, in my oatmeal and cereal. Instead of drinking sodas, I started drinking coffee and green tea, which are known metabolism boosters and appetite suppressants.
I also changed my workout routine. Instead of only lifting weights, I implemented a cardio routine into my workout. I started running for two miles and working out on an elliptical for thirty minutes. The elliptical wasn’t that hard for me and I worked up a sweat. The running, however, was brutal when I first started. I would get so tired; I would have to stop running every thirty yards in order for me to catch my breath.
Oddly, it did not discourage me from running because even though I thought my running was pathetic, I immediately felt my body getting back in shape. So, I continued the routine of eating healthy, metabolism burning foods, and doing a workout routine of weightlifting and cardio.
Over time, I saw the weight coming off. I felt a lot better and I started looking better too. My knees stopped hurting and my breathing didn’t stop in my sleep anymore. And a year and a half after saying that prayer, I finally reached my goal of two hundred and twenty-five pounds. I continued my routine since then (with the exception of chicken breast and oatmeal, I got sick of it), and as of this writing, I weigh a healthy two hundred and ten pounds.
We should be passionate about anything we desire to accomplish in our lives. If we are not passionate about what we are doing, like a job that we hate, we should give it up and pursue something more worthwhile — something that will ignite our passion. In order to activate this wonderful emotion, we first need to find out exactly what it means.
Passion is defined as “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.1” Another definition for the word is “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.” A lot of people equate the word “passion” with the word “love,” but I believe they miss the importance of the word when they do that.
A word that is similar to the word passion is the word “spirit.” The Online Cambridge Dictionary defines spirit in this sense as “enthusiasm and energy.2” Notice that the word “enthusiasm” shows up in the second definition of passion and the definition of spirit. You can say that someone that is in “high spirits” is displaying “high passion” or “high enthusiasm.”
However, passion is so much more than just enthusiasm. Passion is something that you have deep within you. There are examples of heroes and role models that have a lot of passion, especially those that are physically active like athletes. Muhammad Ali was an athlete that was deeply passionate inside and outside the boxing ring. The football player Ray Lewis also displayed a lot of passion when he performed on the football field.
We all have displayed some passion in our lifetime, especially when it involved something or someone that we genuinely love. It could be a boyfriend defending his girlfriend from insult and ridicule, a teenage athlete pushing himself in order to please his parents in the crowd, or a protester publicly speaking about an injustice that have been done.
Some people are naturally passionate, and it does not matter what is going on in their lives. I’m not a highly emotional person, however, I tend to be passionate about any type of injustice being done to me or my loved ones. I have a friend that is particularly passionate about the treatment of children, whether it’s children in her neighborhood or halfway across the world.
When we ignite our passion, we indicate to others that we are loving, sincere, and are willing to do what it takes to do good in this world. We shouldn’t be ashamed of showing it. Instead, we should use the passion within us to provide an example for others to follow.
I apologize for the long absence. I have been working on my new book, and I do work long hours during the week. However, that is not an excuse to be slacking on my blog page. The truth is that I’ve simply been lazy.
I’m thinking about a theme that would motivate me to post blogs more consistently. Until then, I decided to write what was on my mind. I could have wrote a blog about the United States election, but in my opinion writing about it would frustrate me more than what’s currently going on with it.
I could continue to write about my interpretation of Christianity, but after a while it starts to become repetitive. That doesn’t mean I will stop writing about it completely. It means I won’t write about it as much. You have plenty of preachers and spiritual warriors that can enlighten you about the subject much more effectively than I can.
I could just write poetry. I like expressing my thoughts in creative, poetic ways. The truth of the matter is, I don’t consider myself a poet. It doesn’t mean I will stop writing poetry. It just mean I don’t want that to be the focus of my blog site.
The question is what will I write about? I’m still working on that. I just wanted to let those that follow my blog site know that I’m still here. My desire is to be much more consistent writing blogs with a specific theme. Hopefully by next week, I will have something in mind that will motivate me to write on a consistent basis, and something that you will look forward to reading on a consistent basis.
Is it not written in your Law: ‘I have said you are gods?’
The above scripture was a comment Jesus Christ made to the Jews that wanted to stone him for blasphemy. He was letting them know that he and his father, God, was of one accord. The Jews thought he saying that he WAS God. He was saying that he was LIKE God, that he and his father are one (united).
What does he really mean? If you read the scripture as is, he is saying that we are gods! The little ‘g’ in the word ‘god’ is there to let you as the reader know that you are not God, capital ‘G.’ But, you are like God. That means you have the power to create. You have the ability to build home, recreate your surroundings, and create the reality that you want.
Writers have the ability to create imagery worlds. Artist and sculptors have the power to create and recreate images of things in Reality. Remember this when you feel like things are not going your way. If you don’t like the life you’re currently living, you have the ability to change it!
Jesus’ proclamation should be obvious to you. The world, according to biblical scripture, was created by the Word. Words have power. If you don’t believe me, insult a random stranger and notice how they react to it. If they get upset or irritated, that means your words hurt them emotionally. You used the power of words to hurt them.
That’s why it’s important to use your words, and your power, for GOOD. Your word, and your Mind, can bring into existence anything you can conceive. Use them to create the life that you want!
I know that you’re yearning, burning with desire, I brought my long hose to take care of your fire, First things first, we need to stop, drop, and roll; I’ll quench your thirst, let me take control of your body, hottie, I want it inside thee… My thermometer, your temperature is rising highly, The plan is to get your body soaked and wet, Your flame now extinguished, leave you in a puddle of sweat!
Having a positive attitude is one of the hallmarks of being a good role model. People will want to come around us, listen to what we have to say, and follow our examples. Can you think of any good role models that are always in a bad mood? I can’t, but if someone you emulate is always in a bad mood, I would suggest that you look for a new one.
A positive attitude in a way shows people that we care about them. It’s extremely hard to have a positive attitude and hate people. People would not think of us negatively unless we gave them a reason to do so. In that case, if we don’t like being around them, but in turn desire to have a good attitude, then we have to change the way we think about them.
I know one of the things that prevents us from displaying a positive attitude is the mistrust of the people around us. We may have been betrayed by family members or past friends. In effect, that changed our perspective of them. A few bad experiences in a public place may have also created this negative effect. However, if the hallmark of a good role model is a positive attitude, this type of mistrustful thinking has to change. If we want to be treated with respect by the people we interact with, then we have to change our negative attitudes into positive ones.
Hello everyone. I haven’t written a blog in awhile because I was busy finishing the first draft of my new book. I plan on selling the book hopefully before the year is over with. While I got the time, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts.
I realize I need to find more time to relax and have fun. I advise everyone that’s reading this to do so as well. A lot of us work almost every day without scheduling ourselves time for leisure. We save and accumulate money without truly enjoying it. When you old, you do not want to only have memories of working for money you barely spend. Like a wise woman once told me, after you die someone else will spend your hard earned money, while you’re rotting away in the grave.
Don’t let that happen to you. While it’s good to save money and to make sure your loved ones are taken care of after you die, you have to remember to enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you desire to buy something you want, like a luxury handbag for example, by all means go ahead and treat yourself. If you’ve always wanted to go to a place like Las Vegas, make plans NOW to make that trip. Even with a pandemic going on, it is still important to go out there and enjoy your life. Just make sure you are being safe and courteous of others if you do so. With that being said, I hope you get to enjoy the rest of the summer. Take care! 🙂