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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Message for Thanksgiving 2010

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy

And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:9,10

Gratitude: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness” New Oxford American Dictionary

The story of Jesus turning water into wine shows that, what we can provide will always run out, but when we trust in God our blessings will never end and will be far better than what we can provide for ourselves. It's Thanksgiving Day here in the United States and in the light of the holiday I've been reading “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford, one of the original pilgrims and the second governor or Plymouth. In his recount of what happened during the early days of Plymouth he describes a horrid situation. When the pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America it was eight months after they had lost half of their companions to disease, starvation and exposure. If it weren't for the kindness of the natives like Squanto and Samoset who knew English they would have surely all died. In return the pilgrims provided their new friends with new technologies and protection against more aggressive tribes. In times of dire need God blessed both the natives and the pilgrims for their kindness and provided a reason for that first Thanksgiving feast. Centuries have past since then but God is still blessing us, still turning our water into wine. So on this Thanksgiving day, even though most of us have gone through tough times throughout this past year, let's all try to show true gratitude by appreciating what we have and striving to provide something someone else can be thankful for in the coming year.

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