Your Magnificence

If you’ve read the post titled “First Thought of the Day” then you may recall that I suggested that we choose to begin each day with a verse from psalm 118, which I consider to be an excellent thought to begin each day. It is a way to program or re-program our minds.

You know… that thing that makes you one of the superior beings on this planet. That thing that is not only capable of, but has created your world!

And you own it free and clear!

It is the most fantastic computer ever imagined. It can store incredible amounts of information, and it can do it in technicolor. It records everything… sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.

Can Bill Gates (or anyone else for that matter) make a computer that can do that? NOPE! Not a chance.

Just to make this point, I’d like you to read this excerpt from a book called “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandino.

To set the scene so you can better understand, the name of the chapter this excerpt is taken from is called “The God Memorandum”.

Now don’t go getting all bent out of shape if you don’t believe in God. That’s your prerogative, but I’m sure you know plenty of people who do. We’ve all got to live together and if you don’t mind, I’m just going to go ahead and love you anyhow. 🙂

The chapter begins with this :

To: You

From: God

So keep in mind as you read this that this is God speaking directly to YOU!

Here is the excerpt:

Are you of feeble mind? Can you no longer think for yourself?

No. Your brain is the most complex structure in the universe.

I know.

Within its three pounds are thirteen billion nerve cells, more than three times as many cells as there are people on your earth.

To help you file away every perception, every sound, every taste, every smell, every action you have experienced since the day of yourbirth, I haveimplanted, within your cells, more than one thousand billion billion protein molecules.

Every incident in your life is there waiting only your recall.

And, to assist your brain in the control of your body I have dispersed, throughout your form, four million pain-sensitive structures, five hundred thousand touch detectors, and more than two hundred thousand temperature detectors.

No nation’s gold is better protected than you.

None of your ancient wonders are greater than you.

You are my finest creation.

Within you is enough atomic energy to destroy any of the world’s great cities… and rebuild it.


Are you beginning to understand how magnificent you are?

Can there be any problem that you cannot overcome?

Is it so far fetched to believe that you have the ability to do something magnificent? And that excerpt was just describing your magnificent Mind/Brain.

You are much more than that!

Your Magnificent

Here are a few more sentences from the chapter describing YOU, that I bet you never thought about.

Within your five quarts of blood are twenty two trillion blood cells and within each cell are millions of molecules and within each molecule is an atom oscillating at more than ten million times each second. Each second, two million of your blood cells die to be replaced by two million more in a resurrection that has continued since your birth.

Your heart is strong. Touch your chest and feel its rhythm, pulsating, hour after hour, day and night, thirty-six million beats each year, year after year, asleep or awake, pumping your blood through more than sixty thousand miles of veins, arteries, and tubing… pumping more than six hundred thousand gallons each year. Man has never created such a machine.

Count another blessing.

Your skin is clear and a marvel of creation, needing only that you tend it with soap and oil and brush and care. In time all steels will tarnish and rust, but not your skin. Eventually the strongest of metals will wear, with use, but not that layer that I have constructed aroundyou. Constantly it renews itself, old cells replaced by new, just as the old you is now replaced by the new.

Count another blessing.

Hopefully by now you have figured out that in Og Mandino’s book,

The Greatest Miracle in the World is


I think it’s pretty clear that YOU are “Magnificent!”

You are Magnificence in Human Form – A Gift to You from The Secret

My Favorite Scriptures

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the LordNote! All copy in Red are the words of Jesus

Philippians 4: 6-7

6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,

with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God;

7: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Matthew 18: 19-20

19: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning

anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

20: For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Proverbs 4: 20-22

20: Attend to my words, incline your ear to my sayings.

21: Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart;

22: For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 18: 21

21: Death and Life are in the power of the tongue,

And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Matthew 12: 34-37

34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,

and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,

they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

37 For by your WORDS you will be justified,

and by your WORDS you will be condemned.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

He who has ears, let him hear.

Mark 11 : 22-26

22 So Jesus answered, and said to them, “Have faith in God.

23 For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,

be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart,

but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have

whatever he says.

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,

believe that you receive them and you will have them.

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,

forgive them, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

26 But, if you do not forgive,

neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them,

because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Romans 8:28

And we know all things work together for good to those who love God,

to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Matthew 25:40

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you,

inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 18: 21-22

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin

against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to

seventy times seven.

Mark 12:29-31

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel,

the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul,

with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.

31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”

John 8:7

7 “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.”

Psalms 8:5

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,

And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Malachi 3:10 (Amplified Bible)

10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse,

that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of

hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a

blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:10 (New International Version)

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the

floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room

enough for it.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart;

wait, I say, on the LORD!

James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;

do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God

is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 4:17

(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”)

in the presence of Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to

the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

Matthew 7: 8-11

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,

and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who,

if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish,

will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts

to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things

to those who ask Him!

Psalms 37: 4

4: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Matthew 5: 38-42

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek,

turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let

him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Matthew 5: 43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who

hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be

sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you,

what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet

your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors

do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.


Psalm 84:11

No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right.

Isaiah 55:9

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

Psalm 35:27

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause;

And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified Who has pleasure

in the prosperity of His children.”

Hebrews 10:23 NKJ

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,

for He who promised is faithful”.

Jim Rohn Tells the Story of Job

Black Bible

I have been fan of Jim Rohn for a very long time. Near the end of 2009 Jim went to be with the Lord and I thank God that he has had such a major influence on me and my life.

bible_carl & tracy gossettI have a rather large collection of personal development audio cassette programs from the 80’s, 90’s and even some into the 21st century. Self development has always been a passion of mine and Jim Rohn has been one of the most motivational teachers and speakers that spoke to me during that time.

I have always loved the way he tells this bible story, though Jim would be the first to tell you that he is no expert when it comes to the bible. I have frequently asked others if they are familiar with the story of Job and often find that the answer has been no.

I have searched the internet to see if perhaps someone had already published this wonderful story on YouTube or Vimeo, but there was nothing. So the thought crossed my mind that if I could create one myself, it would be something of value that others would enjoy and be inspired by.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Don Pasco

Click Here to Take Charge Of YOUR Life

Love Them Like Jesus

Jesus Singing Orange Silhouette

A few days ago I opened an email that was sent to me from my autoresponder company (the company I use to send out automated emails to people who sign up for my e-course). It’s just a simple notice to let me know that someone signed up to receive the course. I sometimes like to glance at their names and email addresses for various reasons that I won’t go into here, but… this particular one immediately caught my attention because the @ symbol was followed by “”.

I thought to myself, wow that’s cool? I wondered if there was a website with that domain name, so I opened a new tab and typed it in the browser window, but no… I got one of those 404 error messages we all get when something doesn’t exist. So then I went to Google and typed in “Love them like Jesus” (without the quotes) and lo and behold, a few youtube videos came up. And since I am a video fanatic, I couldn’t resist. I clicked on the link and OMG! This song started playing that I had never heard before and it is beautiful!

Usually songs kinda grow on me after hearing them a few times, but every once in a while, I’ll like a song right off the bat and this is one of those. So now that I’m on youtube, I use the youtube search box to type in the same search query, and I came across another version that was just as wonderful as the first one.

I am placing both versions below. Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section and let me know if you have a preference. I love them both and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. You’ll notice the lyrics show up inside one of them and actually has some additional lyrics that I don’t think are sung in the other, due to the fact that it is a duet version near the end where both singers sing different lyrics.

My first thought was that this song is about a person who must have been very close to someone who lost a baby, perhaps a stillborn, but I believe the song has a universal appeal because we all have challenges and lose loved ones throughout our lives. And we all have times in life when we don’t know what to say to help others. I’m sure this will make more sense after listening (and watching) the videos, so let me stop rambling and let you enjoy them. If an advertisement shows up inside the one beneath this one, you may need to x out of it in order to see the lyrics.

The love of her life is drifting away

They’re losing the fight for another day

The life that she’s known is falling apart

A fatherless home, a child’s broken heart

You’re holding her hand, you’re straining for words

You trying to make – sense of it all

She’s desperate for hope, darkness clouding her view

She’s looking to you

Just love her like Jesus, carry her to Him

His yoke is easy, His burden is light

You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions

Just know that He loves her and stay by her side

Love her like Jesus

Love her like Jesus

The gifts lie in wait, in a room painted blue

Little blessing from Heaven would be there soon

Hope fades in the night, blue skies turn to gray

As the little one slips away

You’re holding her hand, you’re straining for words

You’re trying to make sense of it all

They’re desperate for hope, darkness clouding their view

They’re looking to you

Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him

His yoke is easy, His burden is light

You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions

Just know that He loves them and stay by their side

Love them like Jesus

The Lord of all creation holds our lives in His hands

The God of all the nations holds our lives in His hands

The Rock of our salvation holds our lives in His hands

He cares for them just as He cares for you

So love them like Jesus, love them like Jesus

You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions

Just know that He loves them and stay by their side

Love them like Jesus

Love them like Jesus

Follow Your Heart

Recently I had a talk with my two daughters, Jill 26 and Lisa 19. My son Joe, 28 was not around at the time, but I’ve learned over the years that if I don’t seize the moment to say things that I deem important, they sometimes never get said. For 26 years I worked for a printing company in Baltimore for a corporation that was sold multiple times during my tenure. In late 2003 the company decided to close the plant and redirect the work to a few of their other printing plants.

Before working in the corporate world I played drums (and sang) for a living in a Top 40/disco band. We’re talking the 1970’s folks. I’ve always loved music and to this day singing karaoke is one of my favorite things to do. I gave up my music career when I decided that I wanted to settle down and share my life with my loving wife of over 31 years now. My love for her created a desire to find a 9 to 5, so that we could spend our evenings and weekends together and raise a family.

I’ve never regretted this decision but I will admit when I hear a really good band, I often wonder what could have been?

I believe that my experience in the corporate world was much the same as everyone else’s. I suppose that is why I felt compelled to initiate this conversation with my daughters. Now that they are out in the corporate world, coming home with stories of mistreatment and office politics, I decided it was time to let them know unequivocally how I feel about it.

Working for someone else sucks (excuse my french). Although I’m sure there are exceptions to this, more often than not, this is the truth. I understand how it works and why it works, but I encouraged them to search their hearts because there are better ways to live our lives. Each of us are unique individuals, never to be repeated again and we all have desires in our hearts. The problem is… we get distracted (for lack of a better term).

Everyday our minds are bombarded with things to do, advertisements, responsibilities, people, pets, news, bills and on and on and on. How can we see the forest through the trees? If we don’t know where we’re going, someone else will tell us where to go and we’ll end up making someone else’s desires come true.

follow your heart

Who owns the company YOU work for? Do you know why he or she started the company? Because he or she had a desire in their heart… that’s why! Who is this person to you? Would you rather help that person accomplish their desires… or would you rather wake up each day and work toward accomplishing your’s?

I understand that working for someone else has its place and everyone should experience it, but come on! What happens is when the paychecks start coming in we begin to buy more things… and eventually we begin to buy things that we are required to pay back over time… making payments, month after month after month. And when this happens we become more and more locked into working for Mr. Corporate. And pretty soon we NEED our J-O-B.

This post is getting rather long. I may need to continue this on future posts, but for now I want you to pay close attention to this video. Here is a man who will prove that you don’t need a college education in order to be successful. Here is a man who recognized the value in following HIS heart. Here is a man who knows that you MUST Love What You Do.