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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Friday, October 4, 2013

Love's Neighbor

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” Mother Teresa

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 

Forgive: “stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake” New Oxford American Dictionary

When I started out, I meant for today's message to be about giving. Then I came across this quote by Mother Teresa and had to use it. But hey, love is a gift too isn't it? And so is forgiveness. And that's what struck me while creating today's message; the definition of “forgive.” We all know the definition of forgiveness. But rarely do we really practice it to it's full meaning. Many times we forgive people just by telling them we forgive them or telling someone else we forgave someone. Meanwhile, we're still pretty much raging inside. That's not forgiving, that's pardoning. That's not healing, that's suppressing. We may release a person from the consequences of their actions by pardoning them, but does that mean we have really forgiven them? In his song, Just The Two of Us, Will Smith makes the observation, “Hate in your heart will consume you too.” While pardoning may remove outward consequences. Nothing but true forgiveness will remove the consequences we suffer on the inside when we feel animosity and hatred towards someone. True healing can only come through true forgiveness. Next time an opportunity to forgive arises, let's try to not only pardon, but to also forgive in our hearts. Because that's where forgiveness lives in the first place, right beside love... Its neighbor.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindess today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming for?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.

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