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, December 14, 2012

DSGJ Supplemental: Love Carried the Day

     For the last few years I’ve dedicated a significant part of my life to inspiring, teaching, and encouraging people.  Today is no different.  But what can a 32 year old man who has never experienced a loss, in terms of death, other than a grandparent, say to a mother who just lost her five year old little girl?..  Nothing.  The truth is, I’m not sure anyone has anything to say.  Humans do not have the ability to heal death or the hurt it inflicts.  People do not have the ability to rectify a grievous situation.
But God does have something to say.  God can heal.  And He has rectified.  It was in a manger some 2012 years ago that Christ came into this world to save us from sin and death.  And it was on the cross that He died a gruesome death so that we may live.  God did not build us to die.  He built us to live forever.  We chose to die when Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit of forbidden tree.  And if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself that myth can’t heal a wound.  Think of this.  Jesus is no myth.  His life and death are not doubted.  Either by religious or historical scholars.  He existed and died and was laid in a tomb and disappeared from that tomb when He said He would and nobody who doubts that He rose from the dead has any evidence the says otherwise.  And think of this.  The passion that so many of us know so well.  That is the story of Jesus’ sacrifice.  Is best told in Isaiah 52 and 53.  And Isaiah was written more than 700 years before Christ was born.  “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah wrote in Jeremiah 29:11.  But how is that true for those little children?  How is that true for those teachers?  How is that true for all the families who suffered loss today?  It’s only true because God’s plan was for Jesus to die on the cross to save us.  In that way the picture of the cross and the tree of knowledge good and evil come to life.  In that way they become so much more than myth.  In that way, the timbers of the cross were hewn from that forbidden tree.  Yes, God does have something to say.  He says that we are loved.  Loved enough to die for.  He says that those little children have life eternal through His Son.  He says that the Gospel is for you and for me.  It’s for the victim, the wounded, and the dying.
Today we saw victims.  We saw people wounded and dying.  Today we saw God’s loved reflected in so many.  Yes the hate of Satan made its presence known and it took its victims.  But it was trounced by love.  Today teachers put their lives and their bodies on the line for children.  War has come to us throughout history.  It came on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.  It came on September 11, 2001 in New York City.  And today it came to us in a kindergarten classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.  Satan through one man damaged and destroyed many lives.  But there were many who were heroes.  We’re somewhat used to war on the battlefield.  But its entirely different when it’s in the classroom.  Our teachers have no weapons but their love.  They have no shields but their bodies.  And they have no purpose but their students.  Today, a few of them gave the ultimate sacrifice.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friends.” John 15:13  Today that happened.  And today we were reminded that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12  And so, in the light of terrible hate and sorrow we can have faith that God is with us.  Loved carried this day.  And it’s love that will carry us into eternity where sin and sorrow can never touch us again.

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