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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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

E Pluribus Unum


“We sow a thought we reap an action, we sow an action we reap a character, we sow a character we reap a life, we sow a life we reap a destiny.”  Sinclair Ferguson

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

Principle:  “a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

E Pluribus Unum, is a latin phrase found on the Great Seal of the United States which translated to english states, “Out of many, one.”  Today we vote.  Today we are many.  Tomorrow we are one.  That’s what it means to live in a democratic representative republic.  Every few years we get to decide who we want to lead this great nation.  By that I mean, we get to choose a person to represent us, to lead us, and in some cases direct us.  But let’s not forget our origins.  They can be seen in our flag, in our seals, and in our characters.  The United States of America is a unique country.  Our founders would not settle for mediocrity in liberty.  They fought and died for liberty from Great Britain.  Not because it would create a substantially better life for people in the American Colonies, although for some it may have.  Not because Great Britain was horribly tyrannical, although at times it may have been.  But because they believed in liberty and chose to fight for it.  They believed in principle and volunteered to die for it.  In life there are things so valuable they are worth fighting for and defending.  Among those things are the Godly principles people around the world share.  We may not share faiths, but there are principles which are unanimously agreed upon that cross cultural and philosophical boundaries.  You’d be hard pressed to find a respected person who doesn’t believe murder is wrong, that stealing is wrong, that lying is wrong that cheating on a spouse is wrong, that children should respect good parents, that people should not be enslaved to their work, or that people should’t live their lives in jealousy of others.  Those are the basic interpersonal values upon which most societies around this globe are based.  Those are the principles this country is founded on.  Those are the principles of our maker.  But there is one principle that they’re all founded on.  That is the principle of LOVE.  When asked what the greatest commandment in the law was.  Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40.  So when we vote, let’s remember one thing.  Love.  It was brought to many by One and it’s the only thing that can bring one from many.

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 of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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