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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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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Is it OK to be Rich?

No Legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare

How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! 
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it. Proverbs 1:17-19

Probity: “the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency” New Oxford American Dictionary

Do you know anyone who hates “rich people?” I think we probably all know a person or two who have a healthy skepticism of wealth. And you know what? In some ways they're right. There are a lot of so called “rich people” who gained their wealth by taking advantage of others. That is wrong. That is called stealing. There are others however, who are good and honest people. Consider the author of Proverbs, Solomon. He was one of the richest people to ever live. When the queen of Sheba heard about his wisdom and wealth, she became skeptical. So she traveled from Ethiopia to see if what she had heard about Solomon was true. The bible says in 1 Kings 10, that when she saw his wisdom and wealth, “there was no more breath in her.” She exclaimed, “The half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard.” Remember, God granted Solomon his riches. So we know God is able to bless us with physical wealth. However, God is able to grant us more than that. He can bless us with contentment. Donald Trump puts forth that, “Rich is a state of mind more than anything.” It doesn't matter so much what we have, but how we feel about what we have. A person happy with 10 dollars is wealthier than a disappointed millionaire. My point is, wealthy people and poor people alike, come in all shapes, sizes, moralities, and contentments. And why should we worry about other's ill-gotten gains, when we’re told in Proverbs 1:17-19, that the problem will take care of itself anyway? What more punishment can a person receive than to be dissatisfied with everything? If nothing can satisfy, what is the point of life? There is nothing wrong with having possessions, if we're unselfish and demonstrate probity in gaining them. However, we should remember, riches will bring misery, if they come at the expense of others. The only way for riches and possessions to make us any happier is to realize that they're a gift from God. And what can bring happiness like a gift from our Heavenly Father? With that in mind, let's try and cast our nets to gain riches where only our Creator can fill them. In that way, we will ensure the greatest riches possible for ourselves. We will ensure contentment.

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 for reading.

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