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 6, 2012

Love's Values


The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

Castigate: “to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Spoken or not, we all grew up learning a certain set of values to live by. And throughout life we've been tempted, encouraged, and sometimes even threatened with force, to compromise them. While people may try to castigate or persecute us for our values, history shows that values always overcome. In fact, persecution has often strengthened their cause. The inquisition resulted in a committed protestant movement, filled with members willing to die for their faith. And the abuses by the Church of England became some of the driving reasons why the pilgrims populated what is now the United States. These are just a couple examples, there are countless more. Genuine values, when held firmly, can stand up to any hardship or persecution. However, every time we compromise a value it opens the door for another to be threatened and leads to the downward spiral of moral relativity. If we stand firm on values, relative only to the originator of values (God), we can be assured of rewards beyond imagination. Furthermore, only by standing on our values and principles will the assaults on our values diminish. But how do we know our values are worth living by? You might ask. Love. If whatever we're doing doesn't resemble, isn't rooted in, or doesn't feel like love, it's not love. God created the world out of love. He created us to love. And He created us for love. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says that “Love never fails.” There is a latin phrase penned by Virgil that states, “Omnia vincent amor,” “Love conquers all.” And don't we all at least hope that's a true phrase? Deep down we know it's true and we long for its truth to be manifested boldly I our lives. Unfortunately, many of us want others to treat us with our values, with love, while we treat others by the values of some other creed. If we want our values (our love), to be propagated, we must live by them. Not just state them. Not just expect them from others. We must live by them. We must live by love. In that way, we will ensure that our values are based on morals that everyone can live by. And we just might ensure our lives have significance.

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?
Thanks so much for reading.
Jake

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