Push Yourself

I know… it is not fun! Unfortunately, it is the only way you will accomplish things in life. If you are a student, and you don’t push yourself to do the homework and study for the tests, you are not going to pass the class. Therefore, you will not pass the semester. Then you will end up losing.

When your supervisor is giving you a project, you know very well that you have to take care of that project. You have to review what are all the elements, the materials that you need to work with, and the people that you will be involved with. All that requires a lot of organization. Basically, you are talking about a lot of work. That is precisely the reason why, only if you push yourself, you will succeed in life

If you have a business, you are financially independent. You handle your own schedule. You must push yourself even more than in any other situation. You need to be the one making sure the doors are open, phone calls are being answered, emails are being responded to. Ultimately you are the one responsible for all the customer service activities.

There is not one thing in life that doesn’t require effort. Absolutely everything. It doesn’t matter if you are someone working within a white collar or blue collar environment. Whether you are involved in politics, sports, business, education, arts, entertainment, federal or city work. Housewife, farmer, scientist, musician, attorney, or working from home online. It doesn’t matter. Any activity, and all activities, need people to do their job. When they don’t do the job they don’t get paid.

All of us get paid one way or another. Sometimes it is money, but not always. There is a reward when you do your job. You will receive a reward when you do your part. The important thing, is that you see the relevance of your contribution to your household or work environment.

Keep pushing yourself because, you know you can give more. You know very well that if you don’t push yourself, you are not going to even take a shower or brush your teeth. Push yourself to be healthy, mentally and physically. Push yourself to overcome difficulties, in your home, and also in your work arena.

Do not give up. God is with everyone who needs help. The Lord created you to give, and give, and give, and give. Push yourself. Don’t treat yourself like you are an invalid person. Don’t see yourself like you are not smart enough or strong enough to do what you need to do.

Don’t compare yourself with others. You have an assignment in life. You have responsibilities in your home. You have a calling from God. Do it. Push yourself, so when you finish your tasks of the day, you can then rest and enjoy your evening.

Gian

https://www.mygiancarlo.com

Get it done!

What are you waiting on to get that job done? A funny quote is this, ”My resolution for 2021 is to eliminate procrastination from my life! But, I will start tomorrow”. And it seems like that is the way that most people operate in today’s world.

Why is that? It’s just part of our bad habits like anything else. We do wrong, and we continue doing it, although we know it’s wrong for some reason, we just can’t stop it.

Until you lose your job! Or you lose your spouse! Or you lose your good health! Or somebody comes to repo your car or your home or anything else, and you are not making the monthly payment!

Look around and you will see a lot of adults in trouble simply because they are not doing their job. It is not because they don’t know what to do, because they know what to do. They just don’t want to do it. They refused to do it. Certainly they have things to do, but truly it’s not because of lack of time. It’s called procrastination!

In order to eradicate procrastination from your life, you need to be accountable. Simply share with somebody that you trust with certain things that you want to do, or you need to do, and present those things on a list with a deadline. The idea is that you will force yourself to get the job done. But in all case, the one person that you are accountable to, is entitled to ask you about the results of that particular project.

Although the fascinating idea of becoming a business owner swims in the mind of many, it is a fact that not everyone can be his own boss. There is nothing wrong in working for somebody else. But if you have the opportunity to be financially independent, there is always a big risk of losing everything due to procrastination.

Checklists are always useful, but they are useless if you are not going to come back to them and work until things get done. That is why being accountable is extremely important for your own sake. The challenge for you is to accept the authority of the one that you have as an accountable person to go to, and present an account of your schedule. You will find out that pressure is not bad for you. Actually, having pressure as far as deadlines, is precisely what makes us become productive. And let’s face it, that will keep our lives, our careers, our businesses, and our families running well.

Can you imagine God being a procrastinator? How could we trust Him if that were the case? He is giving us a superb example of responsibility, accuracy, efficiency, and in all and throughout all the processes, He is always loving to us

– Gian

https://www.mygiancarlo.com

My personal experience with Covid 2019

My wife and I got infected with that horrible virus in October 2020My . One night we felt some of the symptoms, we slept a lot of hours that night, then we decided to go to get tested, both came out positive.

Initially we felt nervous but honestly we thought we are going to make it. We received some medications and strict orders from the doctors to hydrate ourselves and rest as much as possible.

Besides the lack of comfort in your body and pain which is a constant, probably the most important thing was the lack of energy and the need for sleeping. We felt tired constantly, even now almost three weeks later still we feel with little energy.

But you need to eat, you need to rest and you need to keep positive while you go through this. You know that there are millions around the world struggling with this illness and probably many of them suffering with more important health problems than ours.

But because we have responsibilities we can not stop taking care of the things that we need to take care of, in our homes and also in our church. We didn’t feel like working but we needed to do it and we did it. We did not want anybody come in around us during the period of time that we were contagious. Everybody understood that. Until we got better and clean.

My wife has to have another back surgery in Dallas and now we are going to face another challenge. But like in all previous challenges that we have faced in life, by the grace of God, being certain of His love and kindness, we move forward with faith trust in Him that everything is going to be all right.

I encourage you to keep your faith, don’t give up, don’t be a crybaby, and don’t be careless either. Be optimistic and careful, take care of yourself and think positively. With faith in our Lord Jesus we will overcome all struggles in life!

Anyways, here is my song dedicated to Covid 2019, The Vi-Vi, enjoy it!

https://mygiancarlo.com/the-vi-vi

HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Can you imagine Jesus’ disciples using glasses to read or even using contact lenses? It was a preacher in Pisa, Italy who wrote a sermon on February 1306, “It is not yet twenty years since there was found the art of making eyeglasses, which make for good vision.” We are so used to use technology today in all areas that it is almost impossible to conceive our lives without it, especially applied to our health.

It is laudable the effort of millions of people investing their lives to improve our health. Thanks to their sacrifice we are introduced to modern techniques to save lives and restore organs; How great it is that through prescriptions our bodies can be normalized. We praise God for good health, and we praise Him when specialists can help us bringing our health to levels that without all that technology and knowledge it is available today, it would be impossible. Science is working miracles, if only we could see that is our Lord the One illuminating the mind of those individuals.

We can’t stop giving thanks to God for the gift of life! We can’t thank Him enough for all the technology available to help us improve our health. We need to encourage our friends who work on the medical field to keep doing that task that it is extremely important in our cities.

We need to treat them really nice, we need to congratulate nurses who help millions of people all over the world. We need to show our gratitude to hospitals, clinics, even to insurance companies, because all of them are working to get our health better. Certainly it is a profitable business for some people, but for us, American Citizens, today the medical field is a wonderful area that we are proud of, and highly appreciative. Today I say to all of you, people who help us with our health: Thank you so much! Our prayers are with you, may our Lord protect all hospital workers.

Gian | mygiancarlo.com | vchurch.us

EMPTY MINDS

In today’s world entertainment has become probably the most important thing in the life of many people. It is not like during those years when people wanted to create, discover, invent, etc, people utilized their time thinking about their projects, and studying materials related to the matter they were investigating.  We do have today some people investing time and theirs lives being leaders and innovators. But not many. Everywhere we see more complacency, somehow it feels like the joy of thinking of something new has been stolen.

When we finish our tasks, or work, it is like suddenly this idea of mind-wandering is convenient. Kids and teenagers are pretty good at that. But responsible adults know very well the danger of an empty mind, an idle mind. There is nothing wrong with resting or finding ways to entertain ourselves. In fact it is necessary for the wellbeing of our minds and bodies. For the sake of our relationships at home, and in the workplace, we all should invest time relaxing and thinking of some other things other than working all the time.

However, the entertainment in this world is becoming more brutal, disrespectful, nasty, antiBiblical, and immoral. People without filters are easy victims of all those bad things available today in social media, apps, tv channels, internet channels, etc. Kids and teenagers can be assimilated quickly by that sort of entertainment, youngsters assume without problem the vocabulary, behavior, attitudes and horrible examples shown, and they laugh about it like it is not that serious. 

Parents are responsible for being those filters for minors. Teachers and leaders in the community also play a very important role influencing inexperienced ones. But the worse thing is when we, adults, are entertaining ourselves with bad stuff, and we don’t have a problem watching, listening, reading, viewing, even participating online through chats, text, audio or video, with individuals who have no fear of God at all.

Every time you have the opportunity to suggest a good movie, book, magazine, internet website, channel, radio, do it. One fight today is against what is being poured into people’s minds. Also, if you see a kid or teenager talk to him, or her, about the dangers of evil entertainment. You never know when your message will come in the perfect time to save their soul. The future is already here, young people are the future. My contribution is through my website https://www.mygiancarlo.com where so far you can find 30-minutes audiobooks. It is your responsibility to guide, influence, inspire and even correct those youngsters that don’t have a clue that “idle mind is…”, well, you know the rest of the sentence. Don’t say there are not options today, because there are. You need to search for it and you will find great ways to entertain yourself in a decent and healthy way.

Money

MONEY

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

This is one of the things going through our minds everyday. Whether it is for basic things like food, gas, medicine, utility bills, insurances, car payments, house payments, loans, taxes, credit cards, etc., to entertainment, savings, vacations or retirement. It is fact: money is very important in life! Therefore, money management should be one course everyone should take periodically.

Budget is one word that most people hate, and when I say “hate”, I mean, dislike with the utmost intensity! Because that word -budget- basically means “be responsible, and stick with the plan”. Most people have a big problem with doing what they say they will do. But, if we do not have a budget, or if we don’t stick with the plan of how we are going to use the money in the following week, 2 weeks, or a month (whatever method you are being paid), the truth is: you will be broke.

There is an old song, “Girls just want to have fun.” I tease people telling them that the singer’s name is Cindy Lopez. I know it’s not. It is Lauper, actually. That song talks about a simple idea: How fun it is to have fun! That was the amazing thing when you were a kid, teenager or young adult: You only wanted to have fun! However, with the pass of the years you saw the big difference between those who only have fun and those who were accomplishing great success in life: in their studies, career, marriage, family, etc. And that is one thing: Fun or Budget.

You now, a total grown up adult with tons of responsibilities, know that only having fun is extremely dangerous. It is fun, though! It is really fun to have fun. I love to have fun. As a matter of fact, if you ask me what I would like to do today, my immediate answer would be, “Let’s have fun!” Because how fun it is to have fun! Unfortunately, not everything in life is fun, we know that. That is why we teach our kids when they are little to assume responsibilities in the house, with their chores and school homework. We remind our teenagers the same thing, and we continue telling our children the same thing all throughout their lives: be responsible! Wow, that is so sad, right? It is! I would prefer to say to my kids, grandkids, and my church members, — come on guys, let’s have fun— but the consequences of that route are a total disaster, not just financially, but physically, mentally, and in our relationships.

In your budget, you need to consider your income and your expenses. Remember that the source of all blessings is our Lord God. He is the One giving you that business or job. He is the One who gave you life, intelligence, and the strength to make money. He should be the number one in your budget when it comes to start making your payments. There are many promises of abundance and provision in the Bible, but honestly, God loves those who give with a grateful and cheerful heart.

Hygiene helps you to be healthy

HYGIENE HELPS YOU TO BE HEALTHY

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

Many people have discovered the wonders of a healthy life by keeping good hygiene. When you visit your family or friends, whether it is to their homes or work places, there is always something that you will like: Cleanliness. Every time you get into a car, a clean car always makes you feel good, even if the vehicle is not new. When you are ready to start your day, clean clothes will always make feel better. Clean socks, clean shirts, etc., are some things that just make you feel really good. When you take a shower, it is awesome when you are all clean, it makes you feel even cleaner. Using a clean towel is sensational. The same thing applies when you want to brush your teeth. Having a new clean toothbrush and putting your toothpaste from a clean tube is just great. Using a clean comb or hairbrush makes you also feel very good.

Think about your food. A clean pantry, clean kitchen utensils, clean stove, clean microwave, clean refrigerator, clean plates, clean silverware. All that simply makes you feel good. It does not matter if your home is simple or fancy, it does not mater if you will cook a superb meal or a simple plate. Having clean ingredients, clean tools, it will always make you feel better.

Spiritually speaking it is the same. In order to feel good within ourselves, we need to be clean. That is why we will never get tired of proclaiming the great news of the GRACE OF JESUS. The Salvation that anyone can experience for free. It is free for you. You don’t have to pay anything to be saved. Read this passage in Romans 10.9, “If you openly say, —Jesus is my Lord— and believe in your heart that God raised Him from death, you will be saved.” © ERV.

In order to become a child of God, all that is required is to believe. Faith that comes by God, by hearing his Word. It’s like now how you just read that passage. Could you please read out loud that passage? “If you openly say, —Jesus is my Lord— and believe in your heart that God raised Him from death, you will be saved.” Becoming clean is matter of accepting the gift of Salvation. Do not listen to any other person, or group of people, telling you otherwise. Only believe God’s Word, and let the Holy Spirit guide you to take the next step. Areas that He will guide you in are: Joining a church, getting baptized, becoming an active member in your church by doing volunteer work for God, or making financial contributions to your church, but more importantly is the change in your heart. You will start to feel the need to have cleaner desires, cleaner thoughts, cleaner words, and in general you will begin to long for a much better relationship with our Lord God, and with yourself, and everyone else who wants to have a clean friend.

You now see that Hygiene definitely helps you to be healthy. Remember, God can clean you so well that you will be able to live a life with purity, good conscience, and spiritual good health.

Am I a Victim of Myself?

AM I A VICTIM OF MYSELF?

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

Yes, I am. But, it is also true that others have offended me and hurt me throughout my life. However, when I think of all the problems that I have faced in the past, and the ones that I am facing now, for some reason I keep thinking I didn’t handle this right.

I do not particularly enjoy beating myself up every time I make a mistake. But my personal history teaches me that if I would have applied wisdom in each case, most of the problems that I had, and the ones that I have now, would not have been as bad, because the direction of my life and certain circumstances would have been different.

I know this to be true because I have accomplished many wonderful things in my life, and I had success in the past in many areas, and today I am successful in many areas. All that is because of the grace of God and the wisdom that I have received through the Bible, as well as my mentors.

I am 56 years old. I am the oldest sibling out of six children. My parents are in Heaven. I am a pastor. My wife, Tracy, and I have four children and one grandchild, and one more grandchild will be arriving into this world in November, in the name of the Lord.

Every day I communicate with many individuals, in person, on the phone, etc. I have the privilege of speaking with many people, and they share with me their personal challenges, which is an honor for me that they choose me as a friend and confidant.

Based on all I have said above, and knowing what the Scripture says, I know that quite often I am the victim of myself. So are you. But what is the real challenge? It is to admit that I have done something wrong. That I am wrong. That I need help. The biggest challenge is to accept that I am weak, that I am not that smart. That I need God. That I need the help of anyone who is able to guide me in the particular area that I am struggling with. Even in cases where I am the victim of any kind of abuse from others, even then, I have to learn how to defend myself, how to protect myself. Basically, I need to acquire wisdom. The wisdom that comes from God is the solution to all problems. I always tease my friends, telling them that chocolate is the answer to all questions. Therefore, I can say that wisdom is like chocolate.

Where can I find it? In the hearts of individuals around me that love God, and who love me. That is your choice. Get it. Do it. Learn to become accountable to them.

Broadcasting & Newspaper

BROADCASTING & NEWSPAPER

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

For years, I have been filming many videos. I have chosen wonderful backgrounds, outdoors, as well as indoors. I also have invited people to be with me on screen. Recording video is a fun experience for anyone, especially when you make mistakes.

Every single time when you are in front of a camera filming a video, inevitably, you are going to say something wrong. Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s the expression on your face. Or sometimes you are not looking at the right camera, or the person that is with you is not paying attention to what you’re doing. You should have so much fun when you are recording videos! I know I do. Sometimes I would like to go back and check all the mistakes I made, and create a video just about all the errors, to laugh at myself. I think that would be fantastic!

However, if recording a video could be tricky, imagine how difficult it is to broadcast LIVE. That, my friend, is absolutely complicated. I am not talking about the complexity of all the technology that is required. That, in itself, is a super complicated animal. I am talking about the level of tension that everybody involved can have in that broadcast, while we go LIVE.

My wife, Tracy and I, go LIVE on our church’s broadcast five times a week, and we need to properly prepare for such a task. Anyone that could be around us during the two previous hours before the broadcast, you probably would be laughing at us! I’m sure you can imagine the kinds of conversations that we have with each other! From the outsider’s view point, I think it’s hilarious.

Bringing a positive message to our audience is extremely important to us. The main goal of our job (which to us, is a calling), consists in delivering inspiration to people, but not just any kind of inspiration. It is the inspiration to believe in God, and to believe in God‘s Word.

In these days, we can use so many resources in order to deliver the message coming from Heaven. By the way, the name of our program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m., is “Vitamins From Heaven”. We are taking advantage of all the technology available today, but we definitely couldn’t do what we are doing without the faithful support of our church members, and the outstanding technical work of our team.

In our church, we work as a family. We all see each other as brothers and sisters, for real. And we all help each other. As a matter of fact, our IT expert is our son, Sebastian. We do believe in working as a family together. We find it a great pleasure in doing this. Undoubtably, the existence of newspapers is needed in our community. I am honored to be a part of the Odessa American newspaper. While I am writing this article, I am saying a special prayer for the directors and managers of this noble institution. May our good Lord continue blessing you, each one of you, dear friends!

Hands to Work

HANDS TO WORK

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

These are days to put our hands to work. Certainly we can be thinking of many things that are happening around us, but we will not get anything done if our hands are idle.

As a matter of fact, wasting time is the worst thing we can do now! We need to understand that life continues, and, with it, everything else keeps moving like always. Our hair keeps growing, we need to eat, clean and take care of trash. Clothes must be washed. Cars need to be clean. Yards, doors, windows, driveways, patios, furniture, indoor and outdoor, must be clean. Pets. Air filters. Etc.

Payments are expected by our providers. Bills have to be paid, or at least renegotiated. Phone calls need to be done. Emails need to be sent. All medical issues need to be taken care of. Issues with cars, equipment, computers, etc, must be resolved. Life continues, and now more difficult than ever.

Precisely for that reason we need to put our hands to work. Doing nothing will take you nowhere. You need to see the reality and get the motivation that you need to do what you need to do. If you don’t have the money to make many payments, make phone calls and talk to those companies. If you can’t afford many things, stop using certain services.

Now is the time to save money and time. Now is the time to work harder than ever. Now is the time to stop watching some much TV or social media stuff, and find something to do in your home and in your workplace, if you have a job. If you need a job, you need to put more effort now that ever before to get that employment.

My friend, it is time to put your hands to work. It is time to have faith. It is time to get up and do something because nobody will show up at your door to fix your life and your problems. Every and each one of us have tons of problems and all of us must do our very best in this season. The free ride is over and now is the time to pay.

Do whatever you need to get motivated, double espresso without sugar, louder music, anything and everything that is needed, just do it because this is crunch time and only the strong ones will survive. Put your faith in our Lord God, say your prayers, read your Bible and put your hands to work.