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, December 26, 2012

Latent Power


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44

Latent: “(of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden; concealed” New Oxford American Dictionary

Don't think for once God doesn't want you to be powerful... Having said that, I grew up struggling with the beatitudes given by Christ in the sermon on the mount. If you're poor, meek, or sad, His blessings come as needed support and encouragement, and that's good. But if you have dreams of success and significance, it can sound discouraging and instill guilt. But the Bible says that “Love conquers all,” 1 Corinthians 13. It doesn't say love always loses but is the most honorable. It says “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength and mount up on wings as eagles,” Isaiah 40:31. It doesn't say believing in God will lead to sorrow and weakness but is admirable. So what was Christ really saying? Was He actually giving instructions on how to be significant in life? When Jesus instructs us to turn the other cheek or go the extra mile is He really telling us how to wield strength in a powerless situation? Think of it this way. If we're forced to carry a soldiers gear for a mile, there is obviously nothing we can do about it, right? But if we volunteer to carry it another mile, morally, that soldier becomes indebted to us, does he not? Turning the other cheek, or going the extra mile, may not make a difference physically or lawfully, but it makes a difference in thought and in heart. Not only does it change people's attitude towards us, it solidifies and publicizes righteousness in the situation. Possibly, even winning support from others. Take Jesus as an example. Even if we discount His deity, through His follower-ship, Christ, through humility became the most powerful person in the history of the world. However, many of us still doubt that His methods and His instruction could work in our lives. But they can, and they will, if we're humble enough to try them. Next time we're faced with a humbling situation, let's try our best to humble ourselves, let Christ's character shine through our actions and let the power of God do our battling. It may be latent now, but in this life or the next we are sure to earn victory and power beyond explanation.

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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