How to Discover What You’re Passionate About

A common theme in most writing on goal setting is the need to follow your passions. Do the things that make you want to get up early in the morning. There’s only one thing missing:

What if you don’t have any passions?

I’m sure everyone on this planet has interests. But that’s not the same thing. Enjoying playing video games isn’t the same as spending thousands of hours designing your own. Your passion has to be something you would work exceptionally hard for.

So what do you do, if there is nothing you feel that engaged about?

The Way to Start Isn’t With a Survey…

A lot of career guidance involves measuring your current skills and personality, and then deciding what you would be most suited for. I don’t like this approach because people are complex. And any test will ultimately be a gross simplification of what’s important to you and what you like to do.

I once heard a story about a wealthy woman who was looking for a husband. She invested over $20,000 on a series of psychological surveys to match her with potential candidates. She met individually with the dozen candidates that were her best match. After all that money and effort, she decided she didn’t like any of them.

Six months later, she was engaged to someone she had met randomly at a bar. Moral: people don’t know what they want until they see it (and surveys aren’t much better).

The truth is, I don’t think any questionnaire can tell you what you’re going to be really engaged about. I’d rather experiment with dozens of wildly different activities, than limit my scope, just because a test said I wouldn’t like it.

How to Find Your Passions

The better approach to finding your passions is actually fairly simple:

  1. Try a lot of different things
  2. See what you enjoy

The biggest obstacle to overcome is a narrow vision of what you can do. If I wasn’t passionately interested in anything, I’d try to cast a wide net to look at dozens of different activities. Staying safe and familiar is the reason I’m bored, so now is the time to experiment.

Dabbling is key to the art of finding what drives you. Dabbling means committing to something for 3-6 months. This amount of time isn’t enough to become really good at anything. But it is enough time to get over the sharp learning curve in the beginning.

I didn’t enjoy programming for the first few months I worked on it. I didn’t know enough, and it was too frustrating to continue. But once I got over the frustration barrier, I found that programming is an activity I really enjoy.

If you don’t have any project that makes you want to wake up early and sacrifice leisure for, you should start dabbling. Find new activities completely outside your comfort zone you can do for a few hours a week, and commit for at least two months.

Sometimes You Need a Spark…

Sometimes the problem with a passion isn’t the activity, but the goal. I enjoyed working on small self-made projects. But it wasn’t until I saw that people actually made self-run businesses out of those efforts that I became really engaged. Until that point, my goal was just to dabble in something fun. After that point, I realized there was room for a challenging goal I hadn’t considered before.

Equally important to dabbling in activities is to dabble in experiences. Meet people from weird and unique backgrounds. Read books that don’t normally appear on your shelf. Randomness increases the chance that one of your interests will be sparked into something more.

Always Look for More

Dabbling is a continuous process. Committing yourself to one goal is good. But that should still leave time for brief experiments. If you’re always dabbling, you have a large base of passions you can do interesting work from. Don’t tolerate boredom.

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First full week

Look at the blue sky;
This is the first full week
Of 2019;
It is a week that looks
So special for me;
What do you carry
In your bag
For me, first full week?
You cannot come empty?
Like an irresponsible
Parent:
See how bright you are;
You cannot look that
For nothing;
Open your traveling bag
And pull out
What’s in it for me;
Many precious things
I imagine;
You have a caring heart;
We call this new year;
Everything has to be new
Or renewed;
You need a new heart;
That’s clean and pure.
New plans;
And new methods
To carry out your plans.
Thank you for being here.
And for everything
That is new.

8 Hopeful Trends Entering 2019

New Year 2019

The last piece focused on the ‘bad’ news as 2019 rushes upon the world. Here we will examine the ‘good’ news of hopeful trends at the conclusion of 2018.

These are the eight most hopeful trends in society entering 2019 as I see them, from 8 to 1. What do you think?

8 The New ‘Populist’ Movement

One hopeful trend is the emergence of a new ‘populist’ movement worldwide. The Leftmedia is not fond of this term which they use in a derogatory manner, as if it was evil to be a populist.

However, the term has a specific definition which varies according to whether or not it applies to a specific political party. Populism when it is used as a general term is defined as follows,

  • ( lowercase ) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.

The key item in this definition is “antiestablishment.” It is important to note that from Brexit to the presidency of Donald Trump and any number of political upheavals, all are opposing the political “establishment.”

The Left is caught in a bit of a role reversal, as they are now the ‘establishment,’ of both parties. After five decades of trying it the Left’s way, the people of many western societies have had enough.

It is a populist revolt against the Left which has been gaining steam in 2018. Though the opposition is fierce, it is heartening to see freedom loving people around the world pushing back as 2019 is upon us.

7 The Rise of Alternative Social Media

New Year 2019In the last piece, I chronicled a bit about the disturbing habit that the MSSM (Main Stream Social Media) had of banning conservative accounts. A hopeful trend countering this was the rise of several alternative social media platforms in 2018.

The negative attention garnered by Google, Twitter and Facebook in 2018 spurred many to seek other online outlets for expression. Here is a little bit about some alternative social media sites I spotted in the past year.

Alternatives to Google include DuckDuckGo as a search engine and protonmail.com for Gmail. They both take steps to ensure privacy and exclude censorship of viewpoints.

There are some good alternate sites to Facebook and Twitter which emerged strongly in 2018. One is MeWe.com and the newest from Canada is the Underground Social Network.

Other promising social media alternatives gained prominence in the past year, such as Gab.ai along with Snippy.com. In all of these cases and others which will appear in 2019, people are searching for social media that honors both privacy and real freedom of speech.

Finally, a new social media platform which merits a mention is Minds.com. It uses blockchain technology to assure the freedom and anonymity of its users and is the same tech behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

This is but a partial list of social media choices outside the MSSM purview. Hopefully, 2019 will see more competition blossom to challenge the Silicon Valley corporate Left.

6 The Growth of Conservative Media

New Year 2019

By ‘conservative media’ I don’t mean Fox News. They have exhibited leadership and garnered the #1 ratings in cable news for many years by giving conservatives the opportunity to compete in television.

Fox News is the cable news king in ratings, but they remain one conservative port in the sea of leftism. They are outnumbered on television by the MSM and other cable networks.

Other media arenas, such as talk radio and online video saw enormous growth in 2018. Talk radio itself has undergone significant changes with the spread of satellite radio like Sirius XM.

The big news in the ‘talk’ world has been podcasting. The rise in podcasts and live internet streaming of radio programs has been the most significant new factor in this media during 2018.

In every arena, established or newer, conservative talk shows dominated the airwaves in 2018. According to Talkers.com, 7 of the top ten “heavy hitters,” in talk media were conservative.

Most know the familiar names such as Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. However, new young faces arose in 2018 to carry the mantle including my pick to watch for in 2019, Buck Sexton.

The most important development of 2018 in the talk media arena was the recent merger of CRTV, a conservative online network, with The Blaze TV, a competing conservative network. As of December 3, 2018, the two became Blaze Media and it is now,

the largest independent conservative multi-platform media company in the U.S.

5 The Persistence and Growth of Anti-Jihadism

New Year 2019Here is another little-noticed beacon of hope in 2019. Anti-Jihadism is reflected in the increasing number of watchdog organizations dedicated to bringing the truth about radical Islamists and their heinous goals.

Three such organizations making waves online are “The Geller Report,” by Pamela Geller, “Jihad Watch” by Robert Spencer, and “Winds of Jihad.” The main author on the last website goes by the humorous nom de plume Sheikyermami.

One story from December 30th at Jihad Watch demonstrates why an alternative like that exists. The title was “Facebook bans Franklin Graham as Palestinian Mission to Berlin glorifies jihad murderer on Facebook.”

Yet Facebook will deny any bias against Graham or for Islam. The account honoring the jihadist is gone from Facebook, but not because they took it down.

Facebook has just banned Franklin Graham, apparently for the crime of posting Christian material. But note that Facebook did not take down the Palestinian Mission to Berlin’s post glorifying Leila Khaled. The Mission took it down itself under pressure from the German Foreign Ministry. Jihad is fine with Facebook; Christianity, not so much. …The mission removed a Facebook post featuring the image of hijacker Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

In another recent instance, Pamela Geller writes about an ISIS “Muslima” in Germany who is charged with murdering a 5-year-old ‘slave girl.’

A German Muslima first left Germany in August 2014 and traveled to Iraq to she joined the Islamic State. She worked for Islamic vice, the group’s self-styled morality police, where she would patrol the city parks of the Isis-occupied cities of Falluja and Mosul. ..The 27-year-old German citizen and her husband purchased the child as a household “slave” when living in then Isis-occupied Mosul in northern Iraq. “After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die of thirst in the scorching heat,” they said in a statement. “The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl.”

Without anti-Jihadists like Geller, many would never know that slavery is legal under Islamic law. It is a hopeful sign that these voices are out there, sounding the alarm and will continue to do so in 2019.

4 The Rise of the ‘Watchdogs’

2018 was a year that saw the emergence of various ‘watchdog’ organizations keeping tabs on the government, corporations, and the media. Two noteworthy such watchdogs are Project Veritas and Judicial Watch.

Project Veritas specializes in video ‘stings’ of organizations which deceive the public. Judicial Watch uses the legal system to expose corruption in government.
During 2018, Project Veritas began to focus on voter fraud in anticipation of the mid-term elections. Here is one of their videos exposing the political corruption in 2018.

Judicial Watch uses the courts extensively to hold the government to account concerning following the law. In particular, JW wants to make the government legally accountable and transparent.

Their motto is, “Because no one is above the law.” One example of their sterling work in 2018 involved suing the Department of Justice to force them to reveal costs associated with the Mueller investigation.

“The Justice Department, the FBI, and Special Counsel Mueller continue to operate as if they are above the law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people have a right to know how much taxpayer money is being thrown at Mueller’s massive investigation. Judicial Watch has never before seen this level of secrecy surrounding the operation of a special or independent counsel.”

Both JW and PV are doing yeoman’s work in helping keep government the servant of the people, and accountable as such. It is encouraging to see that they and others will be continuing such watchdog efforts in 2019.

3 Trump Continues to Reshape the Judiciary

New Year 2019The political battle of 2018 was certainly the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Time will tell whether or not he rules consistently as a constitutionalist, but this seems to ensure a conservative SCOTUS.

However, it is the large amount of Trump judges appointed and approved at the next federal level that is a hopeful trend. According to the Washington Times,

President Trump is smashing the record for appointing judges to the powerful federal appeals courts with 29 picks confirmed…The 13 circuit courts of appeals, which have 179 judgeships, are the key middle ground between the district and the Supreme Court. With the justices hearing oral arguments in perhaps only 80 cases a year, that leaves much of the heavy legal lifting in the circuit courts, where rulings set precedent on issues such as gun rights and immigration in their respective parts of the country.

Should this pace continue as it has, largely under the leftist radar, it has the potential to make the judiciary conservative for decades to come. Though the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives in 2018, they gained seats in the Senate.

Since the Senate is in charge of the confirmation process for federal judges, the president has the opportunity in 2019 to exceed his remarkable totals in 2018. He has the chance to keep America tethered to the Constitution and its principles, and that is hopeful indeed.

2 Donald Trump Is Still President

New Year 2019When Donald J. Trump was elected 25+ months ago, there were a lot of people who didn’t think he would last this long.

In fact, desperate plans to prevent him from even taking office cast doubt upon whether or not Trump would officially assume the presidency. Remember the attempts to persuade electors not to vote as the people they represent voted and overturn the election?

President Trump has survived the worst onslaught of media attacks and bias in the history of modern politics. That is indisputable fact.

In the face of the Leftmedia’s maniacal assault, the president has thrived in most areas of actual performance. Moreover, his political foes on the Left continue to desperately try anything to take Trump down.

President Trump has proven more than capable of dealing with such pressure thus far. From the Russia ‘collusion’ narrative without a shred of evidence to the ridiculous charges of racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, he has withstood the storm.

As we plunge into 2019, a challenge against Trump’s promised border wall is taking place in the form of a partial government “shutdown.” With God’s continued blessing, the president will stay the course and the wall will happen.

Which brings us to the first and most important hopeful ‘trend’ into 2019. The fact that the Lord God is still on the throne.

1 God Is Still on the Throne

37749571852_1b6424edb9_qThe best of the hopeful trends is saved for last. Of course, this fact is not really a trend as much as an eternal reality.

Here is the everlasting fact to bring hope to the most hopeless. God is still and forever will be on the throne of all creation.

This is a wonderful hope when in the midst of troubling times and when encountering hardship. God reminded Job of His presence and power when Job was frustrated and suffering.

From chapter 38 through 41, God presents the argument of the sovereign Creator. It opens Job’s eyes and he sees that God is about,

…things too wonderful for me which I knew not. Job 42:3 KJV

God is on His throne and working in all kinds of ways that we “know not.” What we do know from His Word is that He causes all things to,

“work together for good to those that love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

God’s purpose is the ultimate good for all things universal and personal. He is not thwarted by any turmoil in society, nor by any schemes of the enemy.

Let 2019 be a year of hopeful expectation that God is working His purpose for good. And may we all come to be among “those that love the Lord.”

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain

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My goal for 2019 !

Happy new year
My goal for 2019 is To accomplish the goals of 2018, Which I should have done in 2017, Because I promised them in 2015, And planned them in 2014…….. Jokes apart…. Let us be frank…..Most of us fail to achieve what we plan for the new year ! It’s alright ! Take a deep breath.Relax…. It is said 80% people fail to stick to their new year resolutions longer than six Weeks.Can you believe this ? Yes it’s true. Sometimes failure is a motivation for achieving our task.Don’t get disappointed.I am one among you !
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett 
I loved Samuel Beckett’s above quote…Fail better !! 10 reasons why new year’s resolutions fail To all the WP population there, Happy new year ! Thank you.   Philosophy through photography IS-pixabay./merrychristmashappynewyear2017.org/positivityblog.com

8 Disturbing Trends Entering 2019 [Video]

New Year 2019

One of the certainties of 2018 was that it was difficult to be certain about what was coming next. Political and cultural turmoil seemed the norm during the past year.

From the midst of the raging pace of outrage for 2018, there has emerged some disturbing trends which will linger into 2019. Their potential is perilous to the very existence of human liberty.

Here are eight of the most disturbing trends entering 2019.

1. The Transgender ‘rights’ Train Picks up Speed

The speed at which so-called transgender ‘rights’ has gained support is astonishing…and very disturbing. In less than six years transgenderism has gone from a psychological disorder to a legal right in nations such as Canada.

New Year 2019This began back when Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner and claimed to be a female. It is now at the point where a male ‘transitioning’ to female was entered into the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.

However, this ‘movement’ is most threating to children. As I have written before, transgender advocates are engaging in child abuse.

The latest example of such child abuse featured an 11-year-old boy dressed as a provocative female dancing in front of adult gay men.

The obvious question which ran through the article and comments was this. What if this had been a pre-teen girl dancing for men?

Would there be an exhibition of leftist ‘moral’ outrage in that case? Why is it different for gay men and an 11-year-old boy?

Transgenderism has led to both physical and psychological child abuse in 2018. It is very disturbing that the Left is promoting it into 2019.

2. The Swing Toward Socialism

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One of the fruits of the 2018 midterm elections in America was the success of the ‘democratic socialist’ movement. The current star of the movement is newly-elected N.Y. Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez has been a controversial and revealing figure even before assuming office. Conservatives can be grateful for that.

Grateful because at least the demands of the Left are being exposed for all. This is a portion of her list from the campaign of 2018.

Medicare for all – medicine, vision, dental & mental health care

Universal Jobs Guarantee – serve our communities with living wages

Fully Funded Public Schools and Universities – plus taxing Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools

Paid Family and Sick Leave – giving everyone the right to choose care

Housing as a Human Right – safe, secure, habitable, & affordable homes

Justice System Reform – end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police, and abolish for-profit incarceration

Immigration Justice – protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE

Infrastructural Overhaul – invest in 100% renewable green industry..

The price tag for these goodies has been estimated at a whopping 40 trillion dollars. That would lead to the collapse of the American economy, as Socialism has done in Venezuela.

Socialism is the same poison everywhere it has been tried. Sooner or later, it will kill the liberty of any land.

3. The Leftmedia’s Hatred Is Unabated

The first piece posted on TIL Journal called out CNN over its absence of journalistic ethics especially concerning covering President Trump. CNN has epitomized Leftmedia hatred for all things Trump.

New Year 2019There are multiple Leftmedia outlets which echoed the enmity of the CNN, MSNBCs, and NY Times etc. in 2018. Here is a recent example from NBC of a false story broadcast out of fury toward Trump.

On Christmas Day, NBC News published what can only be described as a hit piece, scorning the president for ignoring American troops during the holidays. “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime,” that outlet’s scolding headline declared… “By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime,” NBC declared in its article.

NBC decided that since their “sources” had not heard about a visit, there wouldn’t be one. However, the “news” story turned out to be all story and no news.

This disturbing trend will continue in 2019 and in fact, will increase in intensity. There are serious problems with this reality for journalism and for liberty as well.

Journalism is the carrier of truth in current events. If that carrier is so bias that the truth is not being carried, liberty itself is threatened.

4. The Immigration Invasion Situation

This disturbing trend is the most immediately serious problem facing America and many other nations around the world. During the last few months, the immigration invasion gained sharper focus from the Left.

One reason for this is the Obama administration’s invitation to anyone from Mexico to South America to come to America illegally combined with their ‘catch and release’ policy. Simply said, that meant that anyone crossing the border illegally would be first ‘caught’ by law enforcement and then ‘released’ upon promising to show up for a court hearing concerning their case.

Since over 90% did not show up for court, their cases were never adjudicated. Then these illegal aliens would disappear from legal authority and could live anywhere in America.

The second factor behind the new immigration invasion is purely partisan.

The Left is pushing this trend because it gives them an automatic voting block which they can count on. Which is also why the Leftist social media machine is desperately trying to stop any criticism and honest reporting about this crisis on the border.

This leads to the next disturbing trend as 2019 approaches. That is the all-out assault by the Left on the right of free speech.

5. The Leftist Assault on Free Speech

This trend has the potential to be the most damaging of all for Western society. Leftist groups associated with Antifa began this with violent protests on the Berkeley campus against conservative speakers.

Antifa has shown no signs of either letting up or growing up. Their conduct in recent ‘protests’ in Portland, Oregon testifies to that.

The annihilation of anyone who disagrees with them is the purpose of this leftist activist group. Here is a quote from a reporter’s Twitter feed who covered the latest Portland event.

Andy C. Ngo

@MrAndyNgo

I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me. It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me.

By the way, Andy Ngo associates with the Left’s point of view. He is also Asian and gay so you would think lefties would at least leave him alone.

This trend has grown and evolved into personal attacks on social media. Combined with ‘doxing,’ leftist platforms suspend certain accounts on the basis of political affiliation.

This is simply another form of violence aimed at silencing opposition voices. This past year saw executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before congressional committees about censorship of political views from conservatives.

Those testimonies were held for a good reason. All three of those social media giants have been credibly accused of censorship against conservative voices.

6. The Militant Muslim Machine Marches On

New Year 2019This threat has been escalating worldwide for years. 2018 has seen the threat advance through both physical and political intimidation and violence worldwide.

A recent example comes from the continent of Africa. It is the attempted murder of a 12-year-old child by Muslims in Uganda.

Sleeping on a hospital bed at Budaka Health Center in eastern Uganda, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti writhed in pain as he explained how Muslim extremists attacked him for refusing to convert to Islam. …Emmanuel was walking home from his grandmother’s house when four men ambushed him and spirited him to a cassava plantation, where they tortured him and attempted to strangle him. One was named Ali and another was Abdul, he said. They wound up leaving him for dead. “Ali convinced me to convert and become a Muslim, but I declined. They started pushing me on the ground threatening to kill me if I don’t accept Islam,” he said. “One of the attackers hit me with a sharp object on my neck, and I became unconscious. I remember them saying they have killed me.”

This is but one of millions of such stories in Africa alone. This is from a list of Islamic terror attacks worldwide in just the 30 days from November 28 to December 27, 2018.

During this time period, there were 99 Islamic attacks in 24 countries, in which 556 people were killed and 523 injured.

Moreover, the Muslim invasion has come to political power all over Western society. London has a Muslim mayor, first elected in 2016.

Muslims in Europe are routinely calling for some type of sharia law in various countries.

An imam of Vienna’s As-Sunnah mosque has called to establish an Islamic State and wants to introduce Sharia Law on Austrian territory. “Last month a Muslim party leader called for the introduction of an Islamic State in Belgium as well.” Islamic supremacists have become more emboldened as a result of Western kowtowing to Muslim groups,

7. The Social Activism of the Leftist Church Continues

New Year 2019It is not an exaggeration to state that every socio-political issue favored by the Left was also advocated by one or more of the so-called main-stream ‘Christian’ churches during 2018.

There are three issues in particular left-leaning churches decided to take up the standard for in 2018. These were in favor of abortion on demand, illegal immigration, and LGBT ‘civil rights.’

The case for Christianity being pro-choice has serious problems from a biblical standpoint. The same is true about support for illegal aliens and the promotion of LGBT issues.

These are simply against the teachings of God’s Word, period. One sterling example of support for LGBT comes from the Episcopal Church in America.

The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.

8. The Hostile Political Arena Will Get Worse

As 2019 approaches there is one fact that virtually everyone will agree upon. The political air, not just in America but in much of the globe, will very likely get worse in the coming year.

The leftist political rage has spilled over into everyday life as a routine and daily event. The old atmosphere which allowed a separation of politics and private life has been almost completely burned away by leftist fury at President Trump.

Here is one very recent example involving a purple heart triple amputee attempting to raise money to build a border wall. In normal circumstances, attacking this man and his family on a personal basis would be unacceptable.

Deranged leftists have been sending triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage mountains of abuse after he was trashed by the Daily Beast, Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano and other high-profile liberals. The hate mail provided to the Gateway Pundit contains appalling statements such as people asking if his brain was “amputated too,” calling him a “handicapped bitch,” telling him to commit suicide, wishing harm upon his children and mocking him for having lost his limbs while fighting for this nation.

Nor is the hate-filled rhetoric exclusive to border wall issues. Remember the ugly conduct of the Left during the Kavanaugh hearings.

Next time we will look at the most hopeful trends heading into the new year.

They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together who are makers of idols. Isaiah 45:16 KJV

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain

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365 blank cheques





From January first, 2019 to December 31, 2019
You have 365 open cheques from the Almighty;
One cheque a day;
Feel free to fill what ever amount you like
And cash a cheque a day;
What will you fill in your first cheque?
What will you fill in your first five cheques?
Whatever you decide is up to you.
The fact is you have 365 blank cheques in 2019.
You shall use this wonderful gift as you like;
But don't forget one thing:
The Gospel must get to all the nooks
And cranies of the earth;
As the Lord commands;
You shall do well also to be a vehicle
Of God's answer to the cry of the needy.
My love, encouragement and blessings for 2019.
Blessings shared multiply.