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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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Truths and Their Opinions

Ask, don't tell. The goal is developing an exchange. Force your opinion and you'll end conversations before they begin.” Craig Reiss

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him, and they said to Him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?" Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me." And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But shall we say, 'From man'?" they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." Mark 11:27-33

Confabulate: “engage in conversation; talk” New Oxford American Dictionary

How do you convince someone of anything? I'm sure I don't know the answer. If I did, everyone in the world would want to read the “Daily Self Growth Journal.” The truth is everyone has a preconceived notion about most things. We all form opinions on things by what we see from our vantage point of them. Being prideful people, once we build an opinion on believed truths it becomes nearly impossible to change it. My best guess on how to be persuasive is to first shake the foundations of our beliefs. We should ask ourselves: who do we believe (most opinions are based on someones influence), what do we actually believe, when did we begin to form our belief, why do we believe the way you do, and how were we convinced of what we believe. If we practiced basic journaling technics on ourselves we will either polish the core of our beliefs or solidify their foundation so that we will be all the more confident in them. Jesus rarely taught anything that was substantially progressive. He taught basic truths most of the time. When He was confronted with doubters and people who wanted to trap Him in an unanswerable predicament, He did not rely just on stating who He was and what the truth was. Instead, He quoted scripture (known truths) back to them and used their own beliefs to escape entrapment. Of all the people who ever walked the earth, Jesus knew the truth. Yet we don't read of Him getting into unending philosophical debates, instead He simply stated the truth (which was usually already known) and stood by it. In the end, I cannot advise on how to convince someone of the “the truth,” but I know one thing, none of us know all of it. So let's try our best to become experts in truth based on evidence, not opinion, then always strive to tell the truth. If we do a good enough job at building a reputation of truthfulness and contemplation, I believe we will be more often asked about our beliefs of what the truth is, instead of challenged on our opinions of it.

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?

As always thank you so much for reading. I truly hope you find it worthwhile and I hope you come back again to for tomorrow's message.

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