The Intent of This Blog

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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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Message for December 28, 2010

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” Swedish Proverb

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

Altruism: “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others” New Oxford American Dictionary

In society there is something most people don't think about called social capital. It is measured in the number of bonds people have to one another and the strength of those bonds. It is what keeps cultures, communities, and families together. Sadly that capital has been decreasing over the years. Many attribute it to the the widespread use of technologies such as computers and phones. Years ago people took the time to hand write letters (on paper no less) to one another. Slowly that faded into phone calls, then emails, now texting is the preferred method for many people to communicate. While it has become easier and easier to talk to one another, I think the ease of it has reduced its value somewhat. It's time people band together again and form networks of altruistic support for one another. During the mid eighties the Moose Lodge had nearly 1.8 million members, by the looks and the numbers of their buildings, I'm afraid to know what their current membership level is. For a lot of people it's not an easy world to live in right now. Support is needed more now than probably the last 70 years. Let's all try to remember that when we contemplate the importance of taking time for our friends and family and make sure they know they're all valued a whole lot more than our TVs. 

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