A Good Attitude…

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Many people recently find themselves having difficulty being motivated to keep moving forward with excitement and a positive outlook. We live in a time filled with stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty of the recent Covid-19 calamity that has besieged the entire world.

These are unprecedented difficult times filled with financial struggles, health challenges, personal isolation, social disconnection, and fear. We are mostly in survival mode. The struggles personally and professionally have made our lives challenging, making it easy to fall into the trap of developing a negative mindset.

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“Only a positive mindset can lead us to a satisfactory life despite the challenges ahead.”

The truth is, there are many valid reasons to feel negative about the outlook of the near future, however a negative mindset can do nothing but cause more despair.

Importance of a Positive Mindset

A positive mindset is an attitude someone has who “expects” good and desired results. The power of positivity is immense, and it can help you convert that energy into reality. By expectation, I don’t mean it to be a sense of entitlement.

“A positive mindset is rooted in a sense of gratitude, and that helps us tap into the reality of abundance.”

In the world of abundance, you can only expect good outcomes, because in that reality there is always more than enough.

That being said, I want to acknowledge that when something bad hits you, you get bombarded with negative thoughts. These negative thoughts cast even more negativity in an already devastating situation. We have all been hit with a bad deal right now, and the feelings of fear, desperation, grief, sadness are all very real, but it comes down to how long we stay in those feelings and stress about things we can’t control.

Having a positive mindset can help you avoid stress. Even out of the most challenging and devastating situations we can find a silver lining.

“Every challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow if we choose to accept reality as is and make the best of it.”

With a positive mindset you can avoid many physical and mental diseases as well. If you don’t give weight to negative thoughts, you won’t cause your body discomfort from stress, anxiety, worry, and frustration.

A stress-free mind leads to a stronger immune system, and there is nothing more important during a pandemic like Covid-19.

Half of life’s battles can be won if you practice being confident in your abilities. A positive mindset cultivates confidence in your personality, allowing you to perform at your best because of a boosted self-esteem. You can make the right decisions at the right time with confidence.

A positive mindset doesn’t just benefit your professional life, it is also essential for a successful and lovable personal life. Since positivity is rooted in gratitude, you feel thankful for many blessings in your life, especially the people who add happiness to your life. By expressing gratitude and appreciation, the bonds become stronger, giving you access to a satisfying personal life.

How to Build a Positive Mindset

Having a positive mindset when everything is going well is easy to practice. It becomes almost impossible to think positively in difficult times.

“If you want to have a positive mindset in difficult times, the key is to start behaving positively right now.”

Entering into a day with something positive is crucial. Start your day with expressions of gratitude. Everyday kick off your day by being thankful for something you already have. It could be as simple as waking up and making a mindful statement that you are grateful to be awake. It could follow with being grateful for your family, your home, your health, your life.

Starting your day with all the Covid-19 bad news or having a call with a negative person in the morning can spoil your entire day. Try to listen to or interact with something positive when you wake up. Go for a walk and have interaction with the most positive entity of the universe: the beauty of nature.

“Starting the day on a positive note often proves enough to have the entire day filled with positivity.”

Another step towards crafting a “positive you” is to start any project or task with the goal of learning from it. Keep in mind, whether you complete your goal, and accomplish it or not, the journey will definitely add knowledge and experience in your life. If you start a task or goal with the intention to learn from it, you will never be disappointed. That is how you develop wisdom.

Another recommended way to attain a positive mindset is to identify the negativities in your life and remove them like a bad cancer. The more you ruminate negative thoughts the more you feed them.

When you find yourself being overtaken by negative thoughts, stop doing what you are doing and write them down. This way you will slow down the momentum of that negative thought in the first place.

Secondly, read what you have written down and evaluate if it is indeed factual. More than half of your negative thoughts will be dismissed if you simply follow this step, because you’ll discover that more than half of them are fictitious, having no connection to facts or reality.

Most of the time, negativity comes from bad experiences in the past or the haunting fears of the future. If you learn to live in the present moment, negativity will fade out of your mind.

“When you live in the present you are more focused, and less likely to be distracted by what ifs, and this can further induce a positive mindset.”

You can also keep a journal of the blessings in your life. You’ll discover soon enough that they are countless. All you need to do is to take account of them and feel immediate gratitude. Having an ongoing list of blessings and seeing them grow every day will build your positivity muscle.

“Cultivating an attitude of gratitude helps to maintain desired positivity in life.”

Memories of unfavorable experiences, defensive nature towards calamities, negative people you may be holding on to, can be a cause of constant negativity in your life. You have to intentionally create positive energy around you.

Everything we experience in life is a result of our intentions, aware of them consciously or not. If you want to experience positivity during difficult times, you have to intentionally do the work to practice gratitude and invite positive people into your life.

There is no magic pill, elixir, or short cut towards having a positively charged life, except for one, and that is to practice unlimited gratitude

Do Life Big – by Jamie Grace

Do Life Big

Jamie Grace

I gotta slow down
Stop for a second
Take a look aroundAnd I gotta take time
To hear that little voice insideSaying I came to give you life
So spread your wings and fly
I’ve got a secret to share
You are enough to change the atmosphereSo go and do life big, big
I wanna do life big, bigBreak out them blue skies
I can feel my heart beating inside
Yeah, it’s like a new day
Woke up to hear You sayI came to give you life
So spread your wings and fly
Now go and show no fear
You are enough to change the atmosphereSo go and do life big, big
I wanna do life big, bigOh, I wanna love, wanna give every day I live
I wanna do life big
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get
I wanna do life big
I wanna love, wanna give every day I live
I wanna do life big
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get
Oh I wanna do lifeI wanna do life big, big
I wanna do life big, bigI wanna love like You
I wanna give like You
Oh, I wanna do life big
I wanna serve like You
Lay down my life like You
I wanna do life big(I wanna do
I wanna do
I wanna do life
I wanna do life big
I wanna do
I wanna do
I wanna do life big)

Misunderstood

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This happens. In many relationships. Can be boy friend, girlfriend. Can be a lifelong friend. Can be your wife, or your husband. Can be your Soulmate. Yes, Misunderstandings happen. It all starts in communication breakdowns.

Synonyms & Antonyms of misunderstood

to fail to understand the true or actual meaning of

  • you misunderstood that poem because you took everything so literally

Synonyms for misunderstood

Words Related to misunderstood

If good communication does not take place in your relationship, you stand the very real chance of things breaking down. The synonym and Words Related, tends to happen, though you may not have wanted that to happen, it does.

I lost my, most recent relationship with my, Now, Ex-wife, simply because I did not communicate with her, concerns that were being bounced around my head. Instead of getting it out, tried to keep it in, and the inevitable happened. Lost my job. Instead of talking, again, breakdown in communication, harbored angst towards her instead. And to make matters even worse, I drank, behind closed doors, and then the blame came out! It was ugly, and it was awful! My marriage fell apart because Alex didn’t take responsibility for what he was feeling, and instead, tried to get through it.

IF, there was a way I could go back in time, that would certainly happen. It would of sounded something like this.

There are real concerns in my mind for the duration of our trip to Kauai, for you see, the company that I worked for, was small to medium in size, and my position was that of the sales person. Responsible for booking trips on our private jets. Was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, did not look at this as work, as Aviation has always been a passion. Having said that, we chose to go to Hawaii for 14 days, and the concern came up that my job may be at stake. Our company just went through some major changes, and alot of adjustments were happening. It took two people to do my job in my absence. Now, looking back, should have asked her if we could take a 7 day vacation, instead of 14 days. But, not sure, had the gut feeling about my job, but, had not had a vacation in 9 years, and this was scary exciting. Well, with me agreeing, she took my work cell phone and locked it in the hotel safe. (again, not the best idea at the time). Having said all that, the communication even started just before the trip. In booking the hotel room. We needed a studio, with two rooms, as if I snored, then she can move to the next room and get sleep. Bad on my part for not confirming with her before I hit the Enter and confirm on the keyboard to the Resort. Boy, off to a rough start. IT all could have been different, if only we conversed together, and shared my heart, concerns and done it correctly. Instead, miscommunication happened. We got back from our Honeymoon, and 2 weeks later, the company that was working for, had gone through some structural changes, and I got laid off. As a result, in my heart, blamed her, when actually, it was all my fault in the beginning of this part of our journey. If there was a way to go back in time and do this correctly, of have a very real chance of saying that, “I Am Sorry.” Now that the problem in my heart has been identified, would like to simply, “Talk”. Note, on a different note, looking to get back into Aviation. There will be more that will come to the surface, as my journals come to light.

THRIVE

Not only does our Creator want us to Survive, but He Wants Us to THRIVE!

I know this is all quite difficult, but please, try not to worry! But rather, keep you eyes, on the Creator of the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

In Light of Current Events…

In light of current events, I find myself, trying to go to sleep, but unable to, as there are people, both near and far, that I cannot stop thinking of. So, while I am awake, not being able to sleep, just know that I am praying for you all, and am missing you all. Never thought we would ever see a time like we have right now. Please, be good to one another, try not to stress too much. Don’t watch too much news, if you can stream a movie, or escape into a book, then do that. Or, check in on loved ones with a phone call, or IM them, or facetime with them, there are several different ways, now, online that this can be done, IE, Skype is another good one.. Well, i could ramble on and on.

Also, pray for those parents with special needs kiddos. Some of these littles simply won’t understand why their therapies are cancelled, and why their caregivers may not come to their home during this time. Pray for the parents for the strength to get through this. I work for a company that is essential, but may limit my time and exposure.
I love you all my friends. 

So, Does God Want Me To Be Happy?

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Joy and Purpose

Without any hesitation we can say that yes, God wants you to be happy. The Bible (as well as experience) tells us that the Christian is given happiness in an incredible number of ways. But Christ has actually sweetened the deal and offered us something even better. While happiness is used to describe a basic feeling of gladness and contentment, what Christ offers is joy, which includes happiness, but runs much deeper, lasts much longer, and is felt much more strongly than happiness. The word joy shows up roughly four hundred times in the Bible, and it is no coincidence. Christ wants you to experience the joy that comes from him.

The angel announcing the birth of Christ declared, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). You cannot read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, without hearing time and time again of the joy we have in Christ. So anyone who claims that happiness is not necessarily a part of the Christian life is missing out both on God’s Word and the joy that is found in him.

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Joy and Happiness

It’s also important to remember that our idea of “happiness” is often deeply misguided. Many assume that happiness means getting more money, more power, and more casual sex. Have you ever stopped to question that? Many don’t, which is strange when you consider how many celebrity examples are out there of people who have gained everything they ever wanted and were still deeply unhappy and dissatisfied.

There is a popular Christian saying that says, “God cares more about our holiness than our happiness,” and this is true in one sense—making us like him is his top priority—but it also makes it sound as if we have to make a difficult choice between being happy or following God. This is not the case. God made us to find the greatest happiness in him. Choosing to follow Christ is choosing to be a happier person.

How We Experience Joy

Here are some of the ways those who are in Christ experience joy right now:

Knowing that our sins are truly forgiven (Ps. 32:1–2). If you don’t take joy in this, then, simply put, you don’t understand Christianity yet. You could be saved from a burning building, or caught before falling off a cliff, and it wouldn’t be half the good news that this is. Your criminal record before God, the very thing that had separated you from God and eternity with him, has been wiped clean.

Having a clear conscience before God (1 Pet. 3:21). Many of us still refuse to allow ourselves to feel the joy of a clear conscience. We know that we are forgiven, but still feel that we must approach God as if he were waiting to punish us and tell us how terrible we are. You don’t have to feel that way! You are no longer under guilt and condemnation! Psalm 103:12 puts it beautifully: “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Realizing that God views me as his own son or daughter (2 Cor. 6:17–18). The apostle John says it best in 1 John 3:1 when he exclaims, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (NIV). When you were saved, you not only gained eternal life in heaven, you also, among many other things, were adopted by God. This means that you will never go another day without having a Father who loves you more than you could ever love him back. It means that you will never be alone again. It also means that he is looking out for you. Romans 8:31 reminds us that “if God is for us, who can be against us?”

Experiencing God’s presence with me in all of the ups and downs of life. No one can completely understand everything about you or how you are feeling. No one, that is, except God. On the one hand, it’s a relief to know that there is finally someone out there who understands us completely. On the other hand, sometimes that’s terrifying—that means that God sees all the darkness in me too. But this fear melts away when we read of God’s love for us. This way, when things are going well in life, I have a heavenly Father that I know is rejoicing with me, and in times of difficulty, someone who completely understands what I’m going through and loves me through it. This has been genuinely comforting to me in my own life.

Enjoying deep friendships with fellow Christians. Fellow Christians are not just like any other people in our lives—they are people who have been saved from death in the same way we were. They are family. God values and loves them every bit as much as he loves you . . . and that’s a lot! We have so much to celebrate together. God has arranged for the body of Christ to be fed not only by him, but through each other. The companionship, support, and love we receive from the body of believers is part of the joy that we as Christians experience.

Knowing that I will enjoy life after death and a wonderful future (Ps. 16:11). Armed with this knowledge, what can harm us? No matter what happens, we know that the end of our story finishes with “happily ever after.” Not everyone can say that. For many of us, life didn’t turn out the way we wanted. It feels like we’ve failed or wasted our lives. Christ not only gives us a clean slate and a fresh start, but the relief that this life is but a drop in the ocean, and we have an eternity in paradise to look forward to. The knowledge that we have heaven to look forward to allows us not to stress about the little things. It also enables us to see the people around us in a different light, and view material things for what they are—temporary possessions that have nothing to do with our long-term happiness.

Having the Holy Spirit within us (Rom. 14:17; 1 Thess. 1:6). While a Christian has many reasons for deeply rooted joy, the most direct reason is that the Holy Spirit lives within you, and he gives you joy. Galatians 5:22–23 tells us that the Holy Spirit produces a number of good things within us, the first of which is love, and the second being joy. Not only do we become naturally more joyful people, but we begin to take great joy in the things that make God happy. By residing within us in this way, God is sharing in our struggles and our victories, helping us, and simply being there with us.

Seeing the gospel reach others (Phil. 1:18). There is no greater gift we can give someone than the good news of Jesus Christ. Getting to take part in others finding salvation, and consequently the joy, meaning, and change that comes with it, is far greater than the joy we could ever gain in giving nice gifts to people. Having worked at an evangelism training camp for years, I (Jeff) have been blessed enough not only to lead people to Christ myself, but to share in the joy of my fellow believers when they are able to share the gospel with someone. There are few things in life as joyous or rewarding as getting to see someone receive salvation.

These realities, and so many more, are enough to bring us joy and happiness each day of our lives, much more than if we did not have Christ in our lives. This joy transcends anything that wealth or success can offer, and the pain, betrayal, and difficulties of life cannot take it away.

So Yes, in light of the darkness that used to surround my soul, and the light that now shines brightly on me, I deserve Joy and Happiness. The lessons learned in the past few months have been extremely painful, however, there is also a new freedom now. It is my only hope that she finds the same freedom and stops focusing on the negative!

“FEAR NOT”

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God created your body to completely trust Him in mind, body and spirit. However, after the fall, sin entered, causing us all to mistrust people in the world. Violence, abuse, and other sins made people grow fearful of the world around them.

Your body gives off a physical response when your brain believes or perceives a threatening situation. An increase in adrenaline occurs, making the brain choose to either fight the situation or flee from it.

Anytime you feel emotional, mental, or physical pain or other trauma, this causes you to be fearful. Yet, even in those moments, God calls you to trust in Him, rather than in what you can see.

The moments when you cannot see or feel God are prime times to experience fear, yet God promises he can overcome fear.

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What is fear?

Fear as defined by Merriam-Webster is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

But in a biblical sense, fear is an opportunity to choose faith.

When God asks you to put your trust in Him and believe He will do things in your best interest, your human nature resists that, opting to take an independent stance from God. You and I naturally tend to try to control outcomes, and this can keep us apart from God.

Fear is the enemy of God because God gives peace. He promises it to those who trust in him wholeheartedly, even in the midst of inevitable fear.

Why does God encourage us not to fear?

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God is the first and the last—He was here before the beginning of time and He will orchestrate when Jesus returns. He knows the end of the story. God is sovereign and omniscient. He knows the number of hairs on your head.

If God cares enough to know the smallest detail of every one of our lives, you can trust Him in everything, even in the moments when you feel he has abandoned you, doesn’t hear you, or life appears like God is absent.

Here are some Scriptures to give you courage in the face of fear:

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1. God walks you through the darkest of valleys.

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and most quoted verses in the Old Testament. This verse in Psalm 23 can give you great comfort because God is our shepherd. Shepherds guide their sheep to the food and water they need.

When a sheep goes astray, a shepherd will use his staff to gently guide the sheep back. Even when you mess up and stray from God, He is your great Shepherd. He will lead you back to life everlasting.

2. God wants to be your only stronghold.

Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

In this translation (NIV) the word stronghold is used. Yet, sin may cause Satan to gain a stronghold in anyone’s life. God doesn’t want you to be mastered by anything other than Him. This may sound harsh, but actually should give you great courage.

God wants to be the one area of your life you can’t let go of, no matter how hard you try.

Instead of being bound by a sin that gives way to bondage, by allowing God to be your stronghold, you can live in freedom knowing you no longer have to fight your battles alone. God is with you every step of the way.

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3. God holds you in the palm of His hand.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

This verse reminds me of how small I really am! Think about this: God holds each one of us in the palm of his hand. This means he is a big God! It is easy to only see your part of the world and think you are in so much more control than you really are.

It’s so comforting to know God holds everything—including you and I, and everyone—in one of His hands.

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4. Do not worry about tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is easier said than done. Because God gave you the ability to look to the future, it’s easy to worry about how your actions or lack of resources now might negatively impact your future. Yet, you can trust that just as God cares for the most insignificant of creatures, he can and will take care of every detail of your life.

Therefore, it is fruitless to fret about tomorrow, since the author of tomorrow already knows what ‘s coming.

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5. Be aware of the devil’s schemes.

Matthew 10:28 – Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

In today’s world, it is easy to diminish the devil to a small cartoon character wielding a pitchfork and donning two red horns. Yet, Satan is a powerful force in this world, and he influences those that are apart from God. Scripture says he prowls around like a lion looking to devour. Lions are not small animals!

While you can put your trust in God, you still need to keep your guard up and protect your heart from the influence Satan can have in your life if you give him grounds to do so.

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6. Nothing can separate you from God’s love.

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate you from the love of God—nothing! This gives great comfort and assurance that there is nothing you or I can do to separate ourselves from God’s love. Even when you feel completely separated from God, take solace in the fact that Jesus’ blood covers every sin.

No sin is left uncovered by Christ’s blood.

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7. When you are humble, you have peace.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

I love that this verse not only tells you not to be afraid but also that through humility you can achieve peace. Pride is the antithesis of peace because pride allows you to think you’re independent from God and you can do things on your own. But when you humble yourself and tell God you can’t do anything without him, you can cast your cares onto God because He is big enough to shoulder them.

You no longer have to carry your burdens independently from Him and try to manage them yourself. God cares about you enough to lift your burdens and give you a yoke of peace that gives you rest when we need it most.

Fear is not easy to overcome. Yet, the Bible speaks a lot about fear. The above verses are just a sample of many verses that discuss fear. No matter what verse you analyze, however, know this—God is here for you in every detail of your life. In this you can take heart.

Oceans by Hillsong

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hillsong UNITED

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will standAnd I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mineYour grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start nowSo I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mineSpirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made…

A Great Word from the Elijah List

“A Word to Introverts: Come Out of Hiding!”

Wanda Alger, Winchester, VA

od is looking for some Gideons. It has long been prophesied that it’s time for some prophets to come out of the cave. Just as Elijah and David spent time in caves when being hunted by their accusers, so have some of God’s chosen ones sought refuge from the public eye. They have been hiding out because of fear. Just like Gideon, they have found comfort in the cave and doubt their ability to thrive in the light.

They are the introverted ones who have deemed themselves unready and unqualified in a field full of extroverted voices. They are the quiet hearts who love the secret place and have enjoyed the privacy and secrecy of the cave. And yet, they have thoughts that run deep and insights that bring life and purpose. (Photo via Unsplash)

There is wisdom hidden within these introverted prophets, and now they are being called upon to COME OUT OF HIDING and be a light to the world. That which they have discovered while in the cave is the very wisdom and revelation needed in this hour for the Church to fully mature and fulfill her destiny.

Don’t Disqualify Yourself!

The Lord would say, “Don’t allow the fear of man to rob your purpose. Don’t allow the softness of your voice to discredit the strength of your message. Don’t allow your high standards and expectations of yourself to cripple your assignment. YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!”

It’s time to put away negative self-talk and rise to the occasion. It’s time to embrace the voice you have and celebrate your unique contributions to the conversation. You are needed! Where extroverts and louder voices may speak first, the last voice can often bear the most weight. It’s time to leave your comfort zone and seize the adventure.

Though you will feel uncomfortable in the flesh, your spirit will lead you into a supernatural zone where the impossible will become possible. That which has felt stuck will now come into perfect alignment, and the momentum you’ve lacked will quickly accelerate as you yield to the Spirit’s call. (Photo via Unsplash)

To my fellow introverts on this prophetic journey – this is YOUR time. You have something to say and the Lord is calling your name. Don’t let hesitation stop you from stepping out and walking in that which you were born for. You were created with a voice. It’s time to use it.