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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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Live with Mettle


“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C.S. Lewis

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Mettle: “a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way” New Oxford American Dictionary

When Viktoria was suggested to be, “like a mother” to Hanni Levy, Hanni was quick to correct, “no, she was not 'like' my mother, she was my mother.” Years earlier in a brave and somewhat foolish decision made in desperation and fear, Hanni approached Viktoria Kolzer, a movie theater cashier for help. At that point Hanni was alone in the world with no where to go and no one she could trust. She took a leap of faith that Viktoria would act according to her values with courage, and approached her. Hanni's leap of faith proved to be a wise choice. Not only was Hanni, (a jew in Nazi Germany, who's real name was Hanna Weissenberg) able to successfully evade the Nazis with the help of frau Kolzer, a special bond between her and Viktoria was formed, a bond that lasted a lifetime. When faced with decisions requiring mettle in the face of adversity, let's try to remember stories like Hanni's and what could have happened to her if Viktoria had not acted with courage on what she knew to be right. We're all afraid of something. Whether's its approaching someone for help, or offering our assistance to a stranger. But the faith that God is with us can develop courage and mettle within us that can destroy all the obstacles created by fear. Sometimes those obstacles are real and dangerous. However, remember what the apostle Paul asked in Romans 8:31 “If God be for us, who can be against us?” And that doesn't mean danger will never come upon us or effect us. But that dangers and trials are trivial compared to the love of God. And when something is trivialized, it holds no power. In Romans 8 Paul went on to say in verses 38 and 39, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So I guess we're back to that same old, but never tired cliché, “Love conquers all.”

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.
Jake

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