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April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 Issue #133

Jack's note: This issue is intended primarily for men, but women can benefit from it too. If a man or male teenager comes to mind who would find this issue helpful, please forward it to him. Thanks!

Do the right thing; find meaning

What is the meaning of your life as a single person? If you're intelligent and a notch above the crowd (as I believe all Inspire-O-Gram readers are), you've spent many sleepless nights wondering how you got where you are and how to wring some sense out of it.

Myself, I have a code of conduct I live by. It has brought meaning to my life, and in this issue I share it with you. This month's feature article is an update of a piece I wrote several years ago, prompted by recently rereading Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.

This is one of the most important books ever written. If you haven't read Man's Search for Meaning yet, I would encourage you to get on it. Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who was imprisoned in several Nazi concentration camps during World War II. His short book will teach you much about how to deal with suffering.

This month's feature article is about how to do the right thing. The only unerring guide I have found to help me do that is the Ten Commandments. Of course I have followed them imperfectly, but that's my fault. The Ten Commandments themselves never steer you wrong because they were written by a holy God.

I hope this month's feature helps bring some meaning to your own life. I hope you'll see the value in how to do the right thing.

This morning

I opened my eyes as the sun peeked through.
This morning I decided on something new.

Instead of obeying what my feelings told me,
I told THEM how it was gonna be.

A good day, a happy day, all day long
instead of me whining 'bout what went wrong.

Instead of my life in disarray,
I'll whip whatever comes my way.

Instead of the same old doom and gloom,
I'm hot as a rocket; watch me zoom!

I'm competent, clever, full of spunk.
Go ahead, make my day, punk!

So look out, Home, I'm on a roll.
I got game, yeah I got soul.

I decided this morning how life's gonna be,
It's gonna be something, I guarantee!

~ Jack Zavada, 2017 ~

April's QOTM comes from The Man in Black

We turn to Johnny Cash for April's Quote of the Month. He was a singer, songwriter, actor, author, husband, father, and lifelong Christian:

Being a Christian isn't for sissies. It takes a real man to live for God -- a lot more man than to live for the devil.
~ Johnny Cash (1932-2003) ~

Any man can misbehave. Millions do because it's so easy. Johnny Cash got in his share of trouble, but he straightened his life out when he started living for Jesus. A turning point in everybody's life is when they realize, "It's not about me." A bigger turning point is when you understand it's all about Jesus.

Let's be grown-ups, guys. Let's realize the best life, the highest life is not to bring a world of pain on yourself and others but to live as Jesus did, showing respect and compassion. That's what makes a man a man.

Don't leave a wake of hurt behind you. Leave a trail of love. Be a real man. Live for God.

A secret you'll be proud of

Some people (I hope not you) have a secret: They look at porn'ography online. Would they want their family and friends to know that?

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What's it about? Those things that hurt every single man or single woman:

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    Helpful articles for single men

    Life can be pretty confusing. We don't always handle things like we should. What if you could get a few tips that might make things more clear?

    Look, I don't have all the answers. But at 65 years old, I have picked up a little wisdom along the way. Below you'll find links to a series of articles I wrote a few years back. They're now available f'ree on

    The bottom line is that all men are looking for two basic things: respect and love. Anything else is just nonsense we engage in trying to get those two things.

    So please take a look at these articles. I hope they point you in the right direction.

    Why men are too proud to ask for help

    Lessons from Jesus' step-dad

    We're too smart to worship idols -- or are we?

    It all boils down to this

    Why even Christian men have doubts

    What does Easter mean for singles?

    Easter celebrates the most important day in the entire history of the world. On that day 2,000 years ago, God made it possible for every human being to live forever with him in heaven.

    For single people, Easter means hope. If our dreams are crushed in this world, they will be achieved in heaven. We're not told specifically in the Bible how God will do it, but he will fulfill our deepest desires in the next life.

    The good news is you don't have to wait until then to experience the love of Jesus Christ. You can receive him as Savior, here and now, and your eternal life begins right at that moment. Your body may die, but your spirit will live on forever. Stone guaranteed, by the death and resurrection of Jesus himself.

    If you're not a Christian yet, find out how to become one here.

    Hey, I always enjoy hearing from Inspire-O-Gram subscribers. If you have a comment, send it off to me using our secure contact form or email me at

    That, fellow singleton, concludes our April issue, with some stuff for men but, I hope, some useful ideas for single women as well.

    Enjoy your Easter. Christ is risen, and that's great news for you!

    Jack Zavada
    401 Indiana Ave
    Streator, IL 61364 USA

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