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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, April 9, 2012

The Called Shot

“This is the great reward of service, to live, far out and on, in the life of others; this is the mystery of Christ, - to give life's best for such high sake that it shall be found again unto life eternal.”  Joshua Chamberlain 
David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.  1 Samuel 17:37 (King James Version)
Envisage:  “contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event”  New Oxford American Dictionary
The called shot.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll explain it.  It was the 5th inning of game three in the 1932 World Series.  At bat was perhaps the greatest pure hitter to play baseball.  As he stood in the batters box waiting for the pitch, he pointed his bat towards the bleachers behind center field, calling his shot.  The pitch came and the Great Bambino hit a home run to center field.  It is a great moment in the history of baseball, and lives in the hearts of many who desire greatness in sports.  But there are a couple called shots in our history that a much greater.  In a valley somewhere in Israel, a young man said to the greatest fighter the Philistines had to offer.  A man over 10 feet tall, wearing body armor weighing over 125 pounds, and using a spear who’s head weighed nearly 20.  “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou commest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give you into our hands.”  I’m sure you know the outcome of that battle.  Everything that David envisioned came true.  God did deliver Goliath and the Philistines to Israel that day.  It was a precursor to the greatest called shot in the history of mankind.  One in which God sent His Son to die on the cross for us.  Then rise three days later and fulfill His promise to defeat sin and give us a means to live forever in heaven with our Maker.  Like David said, He didn’t do it with a sword and a spear, but His own life, love, and resurrection.  I can’t envisage anything greater than that.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  6. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you for reading.  You mean a lot to me.

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