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, September 21, 2012

The World's Stewards

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress, can be judged by the way it's animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

Disdain: “the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect” New Oxford American Dictionary

I actually heard today's quote from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, and I think there's a lot of wisdom in it. Especially when you consider an article I saw in my local newspaper, The Columbian, about a rescued pit bull who had no front legs because its former owners had crushed them. How and why, I have no clue. I do know however that, it's not hard to find an abused pit bull these days. Too often they bare the scars of concocted fights and cruel training. Too often they bare the brunt of pent up anger and unsatisfied revenge. I don't mean to single out a particular group. Sadly, most of us are abusive in our own ways. We may not be angry in our abuse, instead we may be selfish, or just careless. Our abuse may not produce visible scars, but it wounds non-the-less. We may not fight our dogs, but we can all learn something of ourselves through its injustices. Too often when we feel we lack something, instead of filling the gap, we compensate for it. It's much harder to fill a gap than to compensate for it. In fact, it's often impossible to fill our gaps by ourselves. But compensation all too often results in abuse. The thing is... God wants to fill our gaps, not compensate for them. He wants to fulfill our lives, not numb them through distraction. Animals were given to fulfill, not compensate. Dogs for example, can fulfill our need to love and be loved in a way that nothing else can. The definition of abuse is the abnormal use of something. And when we use God's creation for something other than its intending use, we abuse it. We should have respect for God's creation and do our best to see the beauty He created for us. Animals for the most part are pretty helpless to the whims of humans. And if we choose to abuse the helpless what does that say about us? When we show disdain for what God has given to us as a gift, isn't it in affect showing disdain for Him as well? The Lord gave Adam charge over His creation and we still have that responsibility. Lets be the best stewards of God's creation we can be. In doing so, I know we will be rewarded with much more than what we sacrifice. We all have gaps in our characters and holes in our hearts. God wants to fill them, to fulfill us. In doing so, He gives us the ability to fulfill His work in our lives. Look at creation. Everything fulfills its purpose. Now look in the mirror. Do we fulfill our purpose? Let's pray we do. Let's pray that we become good stewards, not only of creation, but of purpose.

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.

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