Chocolate Vent’s Question of the Day – What is something you assumed would be more technologically advanced by now, but isn’t?

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Life’s Commandments (according to Chocolate Vent!)

  • Be open & honest whenever possible. When you tell the truth, it reduces the amount of things you have to remember. Plus, wouldn’t you expect the same from others?!
  • Don’t be afraid to spend money on travel. Or vacation. Seeing the world does cost money, but it opens up your mind and shows you things money can’t buy.
  • Look at the bigger picture & the enjoy that view. There is so much more to life than what you can see sometimes. Don’t forget that there is a greater purpose to you being here at this moment in time. And of course, enjoy this journey called life.

  • Take lots of pictures while you’re still young. You’ll never be as young as you are right now, so take plenty of photos so that when you’re old & decrepit you’ll have something to relish.
  • Try something different. Don’t be afraid to try something new; it might change your life. If nothing else, you’ll at least know about more things that you don’t like.
  • Work hard. Work hard. Work hard. Nuff said.
  • Pray. Talking to God doesn’t require using fancy words or any special skills, all it takes is sincerity. Prayer may not fix things right away, but it DOES work.
  • Breathe & let breathe. While you may not agree with everyone’s opinions, lifestyles, beliefs, etc., you can at least respect them. After all, wouldn’t you want others to do the same for you?
  • Re-prioritize your priorities. Life changes & with that you have to be willing to adjust to those changes. You’ve heard the expression, “Go with the flow”. Don’t be afraid to make proper adjustments when necessary.
  • Do your best. Doing your best requires you to be your best. And when you are at your best, you want to do your best. You can see, it’s a cycle. Stay on top of your game (and don’t be afraid to ask for help).

  • Be around people who can make you laugh. At the end of the day, a good sense of humor can go a long way. Marry someone who can make you laugh, because that’s exactly what you’ll need when times get rough. If nothing else, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself from time-to-time.

  • Do You! Nobody can do a better job of being you, than you.

Get Your Fire Back!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
(2 Timothy 1:6, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD

Have you ever wanted to do something really great? Maybe you had a big dream; maybe you believed you could start a business. Maybe you wanted to lose some weight or go back to school. Now, it’s been so long. You tried and it didn’t work out. The loan didn’t go through. The medical report wasn’t good. Now, the “never” lies are playing in your mind… “I’ll never get well.” “I’ll never get married.” “I’ll never accomplish my dreams.”

Today is the day to get your fire back. Today is the day to get a new perspective. The Creator of the universe has already set the completion date for the dream He’s placed in your heart. And, just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. God has already lined up the right people, the right breaks, the right answers. Everything you need is already in your future. Now you’ve got to shake off the doubt; shake off the discouragement. Whether it’s been a year, five years or fifty years, what God promised you He still has every intention of bringing it to pass. Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep moving forward. Get your fire back and let Him fulfill every dream He has placed in your heart!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for every dream and desire You’ve placed within me. Today I choose to press forward. I choose to stand in faith. I choose to be diligent with everything You have placed in my hand in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

#ThursdayReads: Nikki Giovanni

Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.