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, November 22, 2012

We Hold These Truths...

“We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness;” Thomas Jefferson Declaration of Independence Rough Draft

“So we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” The Apostle Paul from his first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2 verse 4 (1 Thessalonians 2:4) 

Ravel:  “to become confused or perplexed.”

Speaking in private, Thomas Jefferson referred to slavery in the United States as being, “like having a wolf by its ears.”  By the time the colonies were at a point where independence was a possibility, racist slavery was rooted deep in society and culture.  It was wrong, some knew it, some didn’t, and some ignored it.  And it is ironic that at a time when the American Colonials were willing to die for their symbolic freedom, they were also willing to kill in order to eliminate very real freedom from others.  However, it’s apparent to me that the formation of the United States was in many ways guided by the Hand of God.  Along the way we spoke in ways that enraged others, words that we weren’t ready to fully back, words that would go on to test our own hearts.  That’s why the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence would go on to haunt him as a free man and a slave owner.  That’s why Martin Luther King Jr. would repeat them in his most famous speech with the words, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”  That’s why today as a nation millions of Americans have died for the freedom of others.  So on this Thanksgiving Day, we should all be thankful for freedom.  Freedom our country has bestowed on us.  Freedom we have fought and died for.  Freedom we have fostered throughout the world.  And the greatest freedom of all, the freedom granted to us by Christ on the Cross.  While at the time, the words of the Declaration of Independence were ironic, they were also deliberate and true.  And I’m thankful that we as a fledgeling nation had the courage to pronounce them.  We may not be living up to them fully to this day.  But they have guided us to this point and I wonder what the world would look like if they didn’t exist.  So let’s also be thankful for truth, even when at times it appears to be raveled.  There will be a time when it will be fully known.  “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

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.

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