The right to vote is the hallmark of a democracy. Many people have marched, suffered, and died, so all qualified citizens can vote. Voting is your voice. Your vote make the difference. All qualified and registered voters mindset should be, “I will cast my vote.” The dignity of voting starts from within you. Standing On the sidelines, rather than casting your vote, is like turning a blind eye to doing your civic duty. When you don’t vote,, others make decisions for you. Make a personal promise to yourself, “I will make no excuses to not cast my vote.” The passion to vote should be the symbolic light, for all who are qualified and eligible to vote. Prepare and plan now, by asking questions and checking your voting status. Discipline yourself to vote in the 2022 election, November 8, 2022. Vote early, if at all possible. Let’s go. Let’s grow. Let’s vote.. Your vote matters. Note: I wrote a post in 2020, that is still available on You Tube, titled, “Discipline To Vote In The 2020 Election.” To view the video, go to You Tube: Odell Reddick- Discipline To Vote In The 2020 Election. My email is: email@example.com.
Please, give students the strength to successfully endure this school year. Carry students when they are weak or fearful. Help all students to unite on their academic journey. Help students to continue to grow, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.) Sadly, Summer 2022, was a deadly summer for youth and students. (Deadly shootings, family violence, accidents, and drownings. As Fall approaches, and students start to return to school, Project Storytime Reading, wants to remind students of the importance of safety, awareness, and wellness, as they return to school,, and throughout the new school year. First, when traveling, follow safety traveling guidelines. Prepare and plan your trip. Ensure that your automobile is safe to travel. Stay aware of your surroundings. Seek help when you feel unsafe. Don’t go to large gatherings or malls alone. Keep school security numbers or other emergency numbers available where you can reach help immediately. Never assume any situation is okay. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Finally, new cases of the Covid 19 Virus are increasing throughout the nation. We realize that many youth and students have not been vaccinated. The new Covid 19 Variant, poses a severe and dangerous health risk, especially for these youth and students. We encourage students to consult with their doctor or seek professional health advice. “Some variants emerge and and disappear, while others persist. New variants will continue to emerge.” (C.D.C. .gov.) “Slowing the spread of the virus by protecting yourself and others, can help slow the emergence of new variants. Getting a vaccine reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from Covid 19. Stay up to date on your Covid 19 vaccines, which includes getting a booster when eligible, futher improves your protection. The BA5 Variant has become the predominantly Variant of Covid 19 Nationwide”. (www.yourhealth.org.) Don’t let your heath choices be based on your political affiliation or political guidance. On January 1, 2023, there will be some youth and students who took a health gamble and did not take the vaccine nor did not follow C.D.C. health guidelines. Fortunately, they did not get sick or die from the virus. However, unfortunately and sadly, the C.D.C. had reasons and concerns for the danger and risks that unvaccinated youth, students and adults take in regards to their health. January 1, 2023, many in that unvaccinated group will fail to make it to start 2023. Many that were unvaccinated will start 2023, after enduring severe sickness and hospitalization during the Covid 19, BA5 Variant surge, in the Fall, 2022. This is your academic and health journey. You make the difference. May God bless all students and keep them safe.
Psalms 51:10 ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.’—(On Independence Day, July 4, 2022, I watched on the news, another mass shooting in America. The trauma, mental, and physical scars, from these horrible shootings, impact youth and adults for a lifetime. I want to share some informative and thoughtful passages from my upcoming book, “LOVE AT CHRISTMAS DAILY, ” with America and the World.) Spiritual Love is demonstrating acts of kindness, service, and good deeds daily. When you turn your back, or look the other way, when others are in need, going through bad circumstances, or is in distress daily, in your Spiritual heart, you must acknowledge, “you are better than that.” The monster that you create, or the monster that you allow to assemble himself, is self made, and will becomes the monster that you will eventually come to know. The monster that you create with your tone, rhetoric, and mindset, over many years, is the monster that you help to grow. The monster, or, “enemy within,” is doomed to cause chaos, confusion, and destruction. Powerful forces, those of power and influence, that fail to strengthen others in positive ways, will over time contribute to their downfall. When you open your eyes to reality, all the good things that you love and cherish will be gone. The seeds of spiritual love that you plant daily, the good deeds and service that you do daily for others, is the loving harvest that you will grow. What you pass on daily, is what will be the foundation for future generations, further on down the road. You are a vital part of America. You are a vital part of this world. This is your life. This is your daily journey. This is your spiritual journey. You make the difference. (Spiritual hearts of love send thoughts and prayers for all families that lost family members, or, their family members were injured in the Highland Park shooting.)
“Nothing But Love,” for our beloved friend and gospel radio personality, Ce Ce Morris. We will truly miss your spiritual personality, humility, kindness, caring, and inspirational voice of love. We are so greatful to God for allowing us to be a part of your earthly journey of spiritual love. ‘We’ll done, thou good and faithful servant.” Heaven has gained an inspirational angel.
When God created man, God gave man the freedom to make choices. God clearly instructed man that the choice that man makes could result in life or death. The love in man’s heart and his relationship with God, is the foundation which directs and guides man to make good sound choices. Making quality sound choices come about through prayer and spiritual meditation, based on man’s personal relationship with God. Man’s relationship with God is strengthen through faith, obedience, and spiritual love. When man’s choices are favorable to God, the love in man’s heart will reflect the choices that he make in regard to himself and others. When we are unsure of the best choice to make, we should ask, “will my choice be pleasing to God? Will my choice be the best choice for me and my fellow man? Good choices should reflect, “Nothing But Love.” The Covid 19 Delta Variant is about making good sound choices, sickness, suffering, and death. This is your health journey. You make the difference.
Love is sharing. Love is being obedient to God’s command. Love is being faithful. Love is being grateful to the creator. Love is motivation to a nation. Love is joy devine. Love is peace of mine. Love makes a better mankind. Love is patient. Love is meekness. Love is inspiration from the heart. Love is spiritual from the start. Love is the gift of life. Love was the ultimate sacrifice. Love is the perfect character of Jesus Christ. How precious is Love’s grace. How precious is Love’s mercy. How precious is God’s Love. How precious is Love’s spirit from above. So, open your heart today. Choose Love to guide your thoughts. Choose love to guide your decision making. Choose Love to guide your behavior. Choose Love to guide your path for the future. [The end.] The America that children, youth, and students, live in today, in the mid point of 2021, is a nation with a question from many of America’s people, “America, who are we today?” My prayers are for children, youth, and students, who cry daily, “please stop my sickness and pain. I want to live. I don’t want to die.” I don’t need to know them personally to pray from a heart of love for them. My prayers are for a nation that demonstrates the potential that America, in many aspects, has lost America’s first love. My prayers are for a nation that is suffering from within from internal wounds inflicted by people’s decision making and behavior. My prayers are for a nation embattled in a culture war: liberty versus responsibility and making mature decisions. My prayers are for America’s leaders, whose words from their mouth, often are far removed from the love in their heart. Finally, my prayers are for children, youth, and students who fail to see a united effort from America’s leaders who demonstrate compassion, caring, comforting, and humility through public service. Those hallmarks of faithful service have been replaced by self righteous objectives with short or long term personal ambitions. The footsteps of loving and caring leaders are footsteps of spiritual love. That is the hallmark and heart of a great nation.
Youth often ask me, when there are so many messages and opinions, what moves you regarding the vaccine shot. My response is, “I am moved by final death bed appeals from those dying from the Covid 19 virus, and those dying from the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus.” Their words are, “I am so sorry I gave the virus to my family because I went to a party and did not wear a mask.” Another patient’s last words, “Please, take the virus serious. Follow health guidelines and recommendations.” A man whose pregnant wife baby died after all the family got the Delta virus from him, “I kept putting off getting the vaccine shot. Please don’t put off getting the vaccine shot.” A teenage athlete words after he and his teenage sister got the vaccine shot, “I want to protect my team, family, and friends.” I also suggest Youth and adults visit the cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place on earth. In the cemetery, there are no political gravestones. There is a guaranteed fact that should move all Americans, If Americans fail to unite together to stop the spread of the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus, instead, they foolishly continue to remain divided, Americans will suffer and parish like wicked and careless gamblers. The Covid 19 Delta Variant virus of 2021, could surpass the Covid 19 virus of 2020. Another factor that moves me, is the toll the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus, could have on already tired and overworked doctors, nurses, and other health care workers and first responders. Make your Covid 19 vaccine shot decision choice based on sound messages and sources which have no hidden agenda. These messages or sources should represent true love and respect for your life and your future. Youth and young adults, this is your health journey. You make the difference. Project Storytime Reading want to initiate a new initiative called, “Nothing But Love.” (N.B.L.) Get to know, learn, and respect the spiritual power of love. Take the best care of you. Make the time to take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically. Discover a new you, a new attitude, and a new spirit. Practice safety and awareness daily. God is Love. God is Love and Life. “Love is the very essence of life…Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of Youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home. It is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through family, friends, church, and neighbors…Love like faith, is a gift of God.” (Gordon B. Hinckley) Extending, “nothing but love,” for Zaila Avant-Garde, 14, Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, 2021. Also, to CoCo Gauff, 17 year old professional tennis player, who will, “miss the 2021 Summer Olympics, after testing positive for the Covid 19 virus.” Also, Katle Ledecky, 23 year old swimmer, “who will miss the 2021 Summer Olympics, due to the covid 19 virus.” Finally, “nothing but love is extended to U.S. sprinter, Sha’ Carri Richardson, 21 years old, “who qualified for the 2021 Summer Olympics, but fail to make the team due to marijuana use after hearing from a reporter, the news of her mother’s death.” Stay strong. Stay safe. Be encouraged.