The Sword – Ultimate Joy

the-sword December 19

Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give uphe may admit his sin, but would no more give up that thing than he could fly under his own power. It is impossible to deal sympathetically with people like that. We must reach down deep in their lives to the root of the problem, which will cause hostility and resentment toward the message. People want the blessing of God, but they can’t stand something that pierces right through to the heart of the matter.

If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root. Otherwise, there will be no healing. We must drive the message home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must apply its truth. Deal with people where they are, until they begin to realize their true need. Then hold high the standard of Jesus for their lives. Their response may be, “We can never be that.” Then drive it home with, “Jesus Christ says you must.” “But how can we be?” “You can’t, unless you have a new Spirit” (see Luke 11:13).

There must be a sense of need created before your message is of any use. Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy without God. But if we could be truly happy and moral without Jesus, then why did He come? He came because that kind of happiness and peace is only superficial. Jesus Christ came to “bring…a sword” through every kind of peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.

Comment: Isn’t it funny that sometimes we seem happy and other times we don’t? How would it be if you were happy all the time? Many say that is impossible… but, doesn’t the scriptures say that “all things are possible through God”?

Those who say that you can’t be happy all the time are operating on their limited understanding. That is, for us to be happy, we must have things in our lives that make us happy. Like money, a good job, a good relationship etc… and the advoidance of things that make us unhappy. What I call “things”… and things can’t make you truly happy.

The “Joy of the Lord” is constant. It remains the same when things are good or bad in our lives because we know that our unhappiness is about to change and that our unhappiness (from things or lack thereof ) is only temporary. We always have that hope because our hope is not wrapped up in things of this world but from the promises of the Lord. And if we don’t have the hope of the lord, we will encounter times when we are up against things we can not fix… then what are we going to do? that is called despair. No hope. We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds it.

Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LAdavegilliland2@comcast.net318-343-9992

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Blueprint – How to Change Your World


Want to change your world and perhaps the world for those around you?  So, let’s make a list of the things we want to change… let’s do that on the left-hand side of a blank piece of paper. After making the list, go back and take each desired change one by one. Out to the right, write what you can do to affect the desired change. Then go to the second one, third and so on. When you come to an item where you can not write anything that you can do to effect the desired change, mark it off the list. Those are things you have no control over. Talk to God about these perhaps, but spend no more time or mental resources on these items… it is pointless. You can not change them. Rather, spend your time doing and thinking about the ones where you have written something on the right-hand side of the page. These are things you can change. This is a tool to help in keeping with the Serinity Prayer, is it not. Here is an example.



Two things, 1) you will find out that it is really hard not to be able to write something we can do on the right-hand side. 2) some of those things will be direct changes and some will be indirect changes. The nex to the last item, “People to Love Each Other More” is an example of indirect change. Maybe we can not affect the outcome directly because it deals with how others treat other people. We can, however, show them kindness. That may well, in time, have an impact on how they respond to others.

The first class postage… we can not change. We don’t work for the US Postal Service. We can’t help them control cost, profit margins and product pricing… so, put a line through it and forget it.

You have got to simplify your life. To do that you have to accurately define the problem at hand (things that hinder desired changes), formulate a plan that address that problem, implement the plan and check the progress of your results. And you have to take each one individually. You can not just say I have problems… you have to break them out, one by one and identify what you can do to effect changing them and producing the desired result. Did you hear that… one by one. You can them prioritize them in order of importance and zero in on the one that will make the most difference in your life today. Then the next one and so on. As my mom always said “It’s hard by the Yard… It’s a cinch by the Inch”. One at a time… otherwise you get over -whelemed and noting changes. You will quit because you won’t see progress… and if you never make the change table, you will never get started because you don’t know what to start. Again, take it one step at a time. Do not skip any steps and be diligent and persistent in doing these things daily, weekly etc.

If we will do this exercise, we will see change… positive, desired change.  I promise you.

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We Ought to Think Jesus

when-he-was-on-the-crossSometimes I feel like I can do much. Sometimes I feel like I can do little.

Sometimes I feel like I have enough money to meet my needs and a few of my wants.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough money for anything.

These are basis fears that many people have. I just happen to be on of them.

I think that, sometimes, I am losing my mind. Conflicted in my thinking, my feelings, in my soul.

Then I come full circle back to the basics; what I truly feel in my core and that is, I was never suppose to feel any of those ways in the first place. We ought not to think too highly of ourselves and our “station” in life and at the same time, too lowly of ourselves. We ought to think Jesus.

Do you know anyone who is caught up in their careers and making money. Moving up the ladder. Buying stuff like new cars, new “big boy or girl” toys, fine jewelry and traveling all about and not really going anywhere? And as much as it seems that they have, they have nothing without Jesus.

For whatever you have, it can all be taken away from you. Take for example folks that try to have a bunch of stuff. Much of it is financed. They depend upon the continuance of their income, at the levels they are accustomed to as a means of supporting their habit. Luxury living I suppose they would call it. But what if something happened and their income was reduced or taken away? Their Luxury living would be taken away and since they have placed their happiness in “things” and since those things were rented, their happiness can be taken away also. Then what? Depression, Despair or something like that?

My Christian teachings tell us not to place our happiness in things, here on earth where it can be destroyed, stolen or taken away but rather to store our treasures in heaven where it can never be lost. (Matthew 6:20 ) Now, I don’t want to get into a study of the scriptures and I am not a Biblical scholar, but there you have it. Rather, I want to appeal to your personal experiences, logic and reason. Don’t you know someone like I am describing here?

And even if these folks never lose their “stuff” due to economic changes, are those folks really happy. They always want more stuff. They never truly find happiness. It’s like, well if I only had a bigger house, more expensive car, whatever. Things don’t make you happy. Only the peace that transcends all understanding can do that. (Philippians 4:7 )

So it would be reasonable to spend time seeking those things that provide real happiness and, as important, teach others around you to do the same. That way, you can surround yourself with people who are truly happy. Other wise, you may find yourself emerged around some of the most unhappy people who are always trying to be “one up” on everybody. Those type of people will be the “back stabbing”, lying, cheating types. Is that what you want. If so, maybe you need to run for a political office in Washington.

What do you think. Leave a comment and lest us open the discussion for “more true happiness”.

Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LA – davegilliland2@comcast.net318-343-9992

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Meet Joe Girard

I get asked all the time, who is Joe Girard?

Well if you are in sales, he is someone you should know about.  Why?

Because  he is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s greatest salesman.  Knowing what he did and how he did it could well change the trajectory of your sales success.











A lot of things have changed since I first entered the sales industry in 1975. I bet you feel the same way, looking back on your life.

People, however, haven’t changed. They all want to feel special and appreciated. That’s what our Referral Marketing system does.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Could a system like Joe’s double your referrals and significantly increase you results?

“the Proof is not in the Pudding… It is in the Taste”

And until you try it, you can’t know.

Fortunately, there is a system that helps you do what Joe did and works on “autopilot”.

Want to “taste” the system.  I’ll let you do that for free… really free.  No credit cards, no auto responders … just send a card on me for free.  I’m paying for it.

You can either send from your computer or tablet via browser or you can download the free app and send from your smartphone.  Your choice.  Either way… I’m paying for you to send a card.  Just follow the instructions below.

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then “Send Free Card”


Then follow the prompts… tutorials are available.
Here you can set up your own account and I’ll pay for you to send a card to try out the system. Send it to someone special or send it to yourself to see what they look like.



If you are an Iphone or Android user, down load the sendoutcards app from your app store for free and enter my code. After downloading sendoutcard app from your app store for free, you can send a free card. Enter Code or Account number 183173.

(my account code)
Be sure to include a picture from your own photos. Have some fun with it.. I do.

Want to contact me with questions.  Contact me.  My contact details can be found on the Page “About Dave”.

Thanks and happy card sending.

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Multi-Tasking – A Waste of Time

Up In the Air

Up In the Air

I am not a believer in the “politically correct” term “multi-tasking”. It is a term that is thrown around a lot, like everyone ought to do two or three things at the same time. That is in all probably incorrect. I know for me to do something well, I have to focus on the task at hand. For those who are trying to multi-task, what they are actually doing is stopping one activity before completing the task in order to start a second or third activity. This starting and starting does two thing in my view. 1) It takes longer to do the task at hand because of something I call “transition-time”… that is, the time that it takes to stop one task and refocus on the next task and the next task. Cumulatively, it will take longer to complete multiple tasks in this fashion than if we were able to devote our complete focus and concentration on a single task before moving on the the next task. Now I know that it is not always possible to complete a task before having to deal with another task. All I am saying is that in an “ideal world”, it would take less time to complete those task if we were able to devote all of our resources on a single task before moving on. By doing it this way, we avoid “transition time” altogether. I don’t see how any reasonable person could say differently if they were to apply reason and logic rather than emotion to their analysis. Now, it may be that some people transition better than other folks, and have less “transition time” between task, but they have transition-time none-the-less.

  1. the second thing that would be accomplished by avoiding “multi-tasking” is that it would reduce the overwhelming frustration that employees feel when they are unable to keep up with the work load. They, in fact, would fair better in completing their assigned task because they would have more time to complete tasks. They avoid “transition time” altogether.
What do you think. (please leave comment)
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Quotes About Life

World is Not what it seems“Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope”. Tom Head

“We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do. ”
Evelyn Underhill

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” Vincent van Gogh

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.”Anton Chekhov

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift,
that’s why we call it the present”. Joan Rivers

“Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love” aurthor unknown
Thanks for Choosing to Share Your Gift with Us.

Dave Gilliland

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Hiding in the Shadows Poem

Hiding in the Shadows

Hiding in the Shadows

In life sometimes we lose our place,
And in our hearts we are left with just an empty space.
We only concentrate on the loneliness and pain,
And a glimpse of our reflection reveals
a person ordinary and plain.

We forget about all the people’s lives we have touched,
And instead think that our own life doesn’t amount to much.
But it’s amazing what the mind hides when the soul is lost,
And how many excuses to avoid achievement that we can exhaust.

For a person such as you harbors so much potential,
But in order for it to flourish self confidence is essential.
You possess charisma and compassion that is shared so freely,
And a radiant beauty that only you can not see.
And when the time comes and you finally appreciate who you are,
This will be the day the world inherits it’s most brilliant star.

So my friend never lose yourself in another’s shadow,
Let your own talents and abilities allow you to grow,
And that empty space in your heart will overflow.
written by RonnieT2~

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

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History of Labor Day

Things have a reason and Labor Day is no exception.  It’s meaning is to celebrate the contributions that labor, the working efforts of Men and Women in America, have made to the American Economy.  Without a doubt the American Economy is the greatest economic system in the history of the world.  It is the freedoms that Americans enjoy that allows them to pursue their dreams, or as the constitution reads… ” Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness”.

You can read more about Labor Day and its history at the Department of Labor website.  Click Here

Who founded Labor Day

Who founded Labor Day

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Are You Fearful of Losing Your Job?

Lost JobMany people fear losing their job, but why?

They depend upon a job to pay the rent, put food on the table, keep from losing their car. These are just a few of the reasons.

Truth is, people lose jobs all the time. Maybe their company is “downsizing” and laying off folks because of a bad economy. Perhaps the company changed the way they did things and found a way to use technology with a machine or computer to do your job and, in fact, your job was done away with. Or as was the case with me, illness made it impossible for you to work an 8 to 5 job or carry out your job’s duties.

Regardless of the reason, the results were the same. The income stopped. Kind or reminds me of an old saying… “it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop”.

The real question that everyone should be asking is “what can I do to prevent the income from stopping”? Well, if you are like most folks, you never ask this question. After all, if you have a job and getting a paycheck every two weeks, what’s there to talk about? That kind of thinking is akin to tipping around on a ledge of a high-rise building and never thinking about the end result were you to make a misstep and fall 20 stories. You have to consider the potential consequences. It does no good to wait until your feet leaves the ledge and all you have under them is air.

We’re talking about the difference between “pro-active” and “re-active” posturing. And that requires thinking a head. Pro-active posturing says “I am going to take steps to make sure I don’t fall”. Re-active posturing says that I’ll worry about that if it ever happens… translation… “I’m going to scream like H _ _ L all the way down. Which kind of person do you want to be?

Remember I said I lost my job because of an illness. One thing I didn’t lose was all of my income. Why? Because my income was a residual income and continued even if I didn’t work.

So about now your thinking “what kind of job pays you even if you can’t work”? The answer… a job that you control. And that would be a job where you were the boss. We’re talking about a business of your own… a real business that you control… not one of those “pie in the sky” network marketing deals one of your friends wanted you to join. A Real Life Business that Pays you Based on Your Results.

What would that be?

There are many. You could buy rental property, if you had the money to invest. You could buy an existing “brick and mortar business, again, if you had the money. And even if you did, it could go south on you in a bad economy. You would be the boss and have a greater degree of control but that might mean quitting your current job and working for three years for nothing until you got the business off the ground, so to speak. Who can afford to do that?

You don’t have to.

Let’s explore my personal situation. I lost my job because my wife got sick and I had to stay at home to provide for her health care needs. I’m her personal care giver. In my previous job, I sold insurance. I went out in the public, met with potential clients and hopefully, sold them insurance. The great thing about that job is that it not only paid me when I made a sale, it paid me the 2, 3, 4 etc year when those policies renewed. Thus, I continued to receive an income even if I didn’t work. And it’s a good thing too. Where would I be today if my income had stopped?

The bad thing about that job is two fold. 1) I can no longer do it and 2) my renewals die when I die.

Today, I have changed professions. I work in a specialty field where I introduce business to a Referral Marketing System designed to double and triple those business referrals… the life-blood of any business. It is a form of “non-traditional” advertising. As such, we don’t have to convince them to spend additional money… rather, show them a better way to spend some of the advertising dollars they are already spending that is more effective. Truth is, we have no competition and the business do not even know that a Referral Marketing System exist.

So, where do you come in on all of this.

One, don’t quit your job. You depend upon it for your financial needs. Two, partner with my organization on a part-time basis and build an income that will pay you today, tomorrow and follow you into retirement and is will-able beyond the grave.

Your first step… contact me and tell me you want more information.

Dave Gilliland


I prefer a phone call. That way, I can get to know you and you get to know me. Then too, I can give you an overview, followup with email links and screen sharing.

It’s not for everyone… but for the right person, it can set them free financially forever.


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