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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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Monday, October 3, 2011

Be the Water

“When you preach, preacher, give em heaven, cause everyone else is giving them hell all week.”  Unknown (mentor of Elevation Church’s pastor and founder Steven Furtick)
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4:13-14
Acolyte:  “an assistant or follower.”  New Oxford American Dictionary
Water has no ability to direct, instruct, or lead, but people will forge new paths and follow any trail to get it.  It’s a constant need that leads us from source to source, goal to goal.  Without ever demanding a thing from us, it continually leads us.  It seems funny to say, but water is inspiring.  Let me explain.  “General, if you will order a charge, I will lead it.”  That was the plea of a young Lt. Ord on San Juan Hill.  He was part of an American force fighting the Spanish to free Cuba from their control.  When Lt. Ord made that request to General Hawkins, they were pinned down by Spanish snipers in a seemingly impossible fighting position.  Knowing the attack would surely lead to heavy casualties, but also realizing they could not stay where they were, General Hawkins eventually told Lt. Ord, “I will not ask for volunteers, I will not give permission and I will not refuse it.”  At that, Lt. Ord got up and yelled, “Come on you men.  We can’t stay here.  Follow me!”  Inspired by his bravery, the men of General Hawkins 6th infantry followed the young lieutenant and charged directly at the Spanish Guns.  Lt. Ord was shot and killed shortly after he began the attack, but his men fought on bravely to eventually take the hill, accompanied by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, General Jack Pershing’s Buffalo Soldiers, and other heroes in what Roosevelt referred to as “The Crowded Hour.”  When Lt. Ord stood up, he was a leader, his force of influence caused the others to follow.  But when he was struck down, like so many of the other leaders who lost their lives on that day, he became the water.  He became a reason to fight, not just a leader to the fight.  We are all leaders in some respect, but are we providing any water?  Let’s lead with water.  True, we may never become the water, but by leading from the front we put ourselves in the position to inspire.  What’s more, we can always lead towards the “Living Water,” our Savior.  Let’s give a little heaven.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone today?
  2. What act of kindness did I perform today?
  3. What did I learn today?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  6. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.

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