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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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Judgement... Renounced


We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” Paulo Coelho

Moreover, stop judging, and you will by no means be judged; and stop condemning, and you will by no means be condemned. Keep on releasing, and you will be released. Luke 6:37

Renunciation: “the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action” New Oxford American Dictionary

Unfortunately, as people, we have a tendency to focus on the differences we see in each other. That characteristic, combined with the fact that no two people are the same, often creates conflict. What if we could look past our differences and disagreements and see people for who they are, for what they've gone through, and the extenuating circumstances that are shaping their view of the world? What if we could see our actions through the viewpoints of others? What if we tried to improve upon ourselves, instead of justifying our faults by finding faults in others? If we did all these things, there is no doubt in my mind, (and I think you would agree), many of the conflicts and hurts in the world would be eliminated. I heard pastor Andy Stanley state one time that, “We judge ourselves by our intentions and we judge others by their actions.” How true is that? We are the only one who really knows our intentions. All others can see in us is our actions. Matthew 7:16 says, “We shall know them by their fruit.” Have you ever met a perfect person? Neither have I. Since we're not perfect, neither are our actions. As a result, our actions almost never match our intentions. We have to realize, people are going to judge us by our actions. It's only after our actions have produced good fruit that people will even consider our intentions. Let's try to see the world from more than our selfish viewpoint, renounce conflict based on misunderstandings, and change the world around us for the better. We're all on a different path. Some good and some bad. The only path that really matters, is the path that God has intended for us. In Psalms 119, verse 105, David said to God, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Can we say that? Do we want to be able to say that? If we did, how could it affect this world?

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 am I dreaming for?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you so much for reading.
Jake

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