Marc My Words

They Don’t Deserve Forgiveness

And neither do you! The truth is no one DESERVES forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a gift that releases you from the stress of anger and your offender from their guilt.

No one who is rude and offensive deserves gifts. Ideally, we give gifts to people we like.

But the truth is who actually deserves gifts? A gift given based on merit is actually a payment.

That’s what makes for-gift-ness so powerful; it goes to undeserving people.

We assume that because people are arrogant or dismissive about their offense, that they don’t feel guilty.

Prideful people still have guilt. They just choose pride instead of humility as their response.

So why should you forgive? Because hate is a parasite. It attaches itself to every relationship you have and feeds on your trust.

Save what’s left and free yourself by freeing others. All things are possible with God, even forgiveness.


I’m Hiring a Remote PHP Contractor at Twilio

You’re probably here because you’ve seen or heard about this tweet:

Joining Twilio last year as the first PHP Developer for Technical Content has given me the awesome opportunity to build something much larger than myself: Twilio’s PHP Community Tutorials program.

This is where we invite members of the PHP community, at all skill levels, to create something with Twilio’s APIs, write a tutorial for others to learn from, and pay them $500 USD for their time. (Yes you can join today and write as many times as you want!)

A Job for Technical Writers

We’re committed to publishing high-quality tutorials that rally and prompt PHP developers to build the future of communications. As a result of that commitment, our tutorials have millions of views per year and developers become more confident using their programming language of choice with Twilio’s APIs.

To make that happen, it takes a lot of hard work to review the tutorials submitted from all over the world. That’s why I could use your help for 15-20 hrs per week in the editorial process.

Who are we hiring?

I am looking to add an experienced PHP Developer as a long-term contractor and technical editor to our team who has:

  • Thorough knowledge of PHP (v7+ is preferred)
  • Proficiency with object-oriented programming
  • The ability to write secure and performant code
  • 2+ years experience working with PHP (or proficiency in a major PHP framework such as Laravel, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Symfony, ExpressionEngine, etc.)
  • Experience with (and enjoyment of) technical writing

In addition, the best candidate will be expected to be/have:

  • Strong writing skills (as this is a technical writing position)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English (our tutorials are all in English)
  • Ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines

Are There Any Restrictions?

  • This is a contract position.
  • Contract length and compensation are available upon request.
  • The position is remote but we can hire people in most (but not all) locations in the world. I’m happy to clarify whether we can hire in your specific location.

Become a Twilio Tutorial Author to Apply

My team and I were wondering what’s the best way we can give candidates a taste of the job and it hit us: let you see both sides! Go through writing a high-quality tutorial teaching a PHP concept for our Twilio Community Tutorials program and experience it from a writer’s perspective.

This way, we’re able to see exactly how you’ll fit in a technical writing role at Twilio and you’ll have the opportunity to be a published author on one of the most read technical blogs on the Internet (4.1 Million pageviews last year).

Keep in mind that every post may not be published due to our standards. If you complete and publish a tutorial, we will compensate you $500 for your time. If you’re in a country where we can’t currently hire, we’ll still compensate you for your time in writing and publishing a post (PayPal account required).

If you’re ready to apply, complete the following form to begin the application process. Thank you for your interest and I look forward to meeting you!

NOTE: I will follow up via email to approve your topic. Please don’t begin your article before submitting the application.

Completing this form does not guarantee an interview or employment. $500 USD will only be paid to applicants who complete the interview process of writing and publishing a tutorial for the Twilio PHP Community Tutorials program.  Unpublished tutorials will not be compensated. Twilio has the right to close the application process at any given time without an announcement.

Twilio is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status and operate in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


Hope Is Not Wishing

Hope is Not Wishing. It’s an expectation for something to happen.

Hope in fact is a demand. It’s a demand on your future; for your present to align and move towards a specific result. This makes hope one of the boldest forces known to man.

Boldness is the requirement for hope. Because of this, hope is not for the timid. It’s a special force reserved for those willing to substitute passive dreaming for intentional momentum. Those that understand that their dreams mean nothing with action and that action without dreaming is pointless.

Let’s be clear. Our language shouldn’t be “I wish I could get a new job.” Or “I wish something would work out in my favor”. Wishing is uncertain. It’s so hands off. Let’s change that same statement to “I expect a new job”. Feel that passion and energy? That my friend is hope. 

If you can conquer your timidity and move from wishing to expecting, you’ll see the whole world open up for you in a way it hasn’t before.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

Hebrews 11:1

Infamously quoted, but often misunderstood, Hebrews 11:1 archetypes faith as the substance of things that are hoped for. Listen again. Things are hoped for! They are not haphazardly given. They are expected. Things are expected. Healing is expected. Wealth is expected. Salvation is expected. Friendship is expected. Wives are expected. Things are not given by coincidence. They are received by hope.

Even in your lowest moments of faith, don’t let hope die.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts…to give you an expected end.” He can’t bring you to anything you’re not expecting. Frankly put; you can’t handle it. It will shock and blow your mind until the point that you’ll fumble the blessing and leave it for someone else to pick up.

Pray Your Expectation

It only sounds arrogant if you’re insecure about your relationship with God, but today change your language and say this out loud. 

“I expect {insert bold prayer you’ve been scared to pray}”

Prayer of Expectation

Everyone Has Faith

You holding your phone and being convinced that it won’t explode in your hand; that’s faith. Sitting in your chair at work and not even considering it may break; that’s faith. Driving down the highway in your car to work convinced that you will get there safely; that’s faith.

Everyone has faith. There’s not a human being that does not have faith.
Faith is the conviction that something is possible. (Hope is the expectation that it will happen). It is not a genetic mutation that only a select few are predisposed to receive. If you believe that a thing is possible, then you are exercising faith.

Faith is a Muscle

Muscles have to be exercised or else they lose strength. 

A self-proclaimed atheist once told me that he didn’t have any faith. That I was somehow better than him because he was born without it. I pointed to a science exhibit we were both observing about the human body. Reading the labels, I told him that just like everybody has the muscular system, every human also has faith.

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Romans 12:3 (NIV)

Faith has been given by God to every human. The only difference is how much we have individually and intentionally strengthened our own. No one is superior because they have it. We all do! Because He’s good, it would be improper for him to have an issue with humans that don’t have the ability to believe in Him.

In your muscles lie the ability to perform every action well. In your faith lies the ability to believe that all things are possible.

The harder something is, the more faith it requires. The more it requires you to recall to your memory what things you believe are possible. This is no different than the struggle between walking to your car and running a mile. Your body can do both, but how you’ve exercised and prepared will determine the ease of completing that task.

If what you’re facing seems to be too difficult for you to believe otherwise, and you don’t like the options reality is presenting, try this faith exercise. Say this out loud.

“I believe the ground I’m standing on is solid. I believe that I will eat tomorrow as I did yesterday. I believe that [insert challenging feat here].”

A Faith Exercise by Marcus Battle

That might have been tough to do, but don’t you feel the strength from declaring what’s possible?


Faith Is Exhausting

There are some times when your reality won’t fit inside of your faith. Times when what you hope for doesn’t fit inside your experiences.

This my friend, is why faith and reality are often incompatible. They are both true. Idly co-existing. Waiting for a decision to be made.

They are both real. They just exist under different conditions.
Hope exists under possibility.
Reality exists under acceptance.

Neither is evil. They just are.
I have personally struggled with both.
I am personally struggling with both.
I will personally struggle with both.

Here’s the gem that most people forget to teach you; believing is exhausting.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a reality of faith. Reality accepts circumstances as they are. Therefore, it is passive. It requires absolutely no cognitive power to create. Hope, however, requires energy. It requires effort on your part to include your mind, reasoning, and creativity to paint a picture opposite of the one you see. Reality is lazy and often unappealing. That’s why no matter how hard, unbearable, uninspiring life gets, I’d rather believe.

Makes sense why “without faith, it’s impossible to please God.” 

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

What human, let alone God, is inspired by immobility? Whose favorite football team is one that doesn’t hustle? Who’s favorite singer is one that doesn’t practice? Reality is mediocrity at it’s finest and honestly unappealing. 

A Template To Believe

I get it. Faith is expensive. It costs time. It costs disappointments. It costs pride. It’s even sometimes embarrassing. But when I consider the options, reality rarely pays anything and faith gives profits.

If you want to give faith a try, but don’t know how to articulate it, here’s a template. Try saying this out loud.

“The reality is [insert problem, difficulty, etc.], but I’d rather believe that [insert positive outcome]

A Template to Believe by Marcus Battle

What are your challenges with choosing faith over reality?