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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Monday, November 21, 2011

Is it OK to be Rich?

No Legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare

How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! 
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it. Proverbs 1:17-19

Probity: “the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency” New Oxford American Dictionary

Do you know anyone who hates “rich people?” I think we probably all know a person or two who have a healthy skepticism of wealthy people. In some ways they're right, there are a lot of so called rich people who gained their wealth by taking advantage of others, and that is wrong. There are others however, that are good and honest people. Consider the author of Proverbs, Solomon, who was one of the richest people to ever live. God granted him his riches. Then there's the idea Donald Trump puts forth that, “rich is a state of mind more than anything.” My point is, wealthy people, like all other people, come in all shapes, sizes, and moralities. Furthermore, why should we even worry about other's ill-gotten gains, when we’re told in Proverbs 1:17-19, that the problem will take care of itself anyway? I don't think there's anything wrong with having possessions, if we're honest and demonstrate probity in gaining them. And remember, riches can bring misery, when they come at the expense of others. Let's try and cast our nets to gain riches where only our Creator can fill them. If we do that, we will ensure the greatest riches possible for ourselves.

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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