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, December 25, 2012

The Joy of Christmas

“Why should we not recognize this miracle of love, the eternal Word which created the world?  The other founders of religions had not the least conception of this mystic love which forms the essence of Christianity.”  Napoleon Bonaparte

For God sent not His son into this world to condemn this world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:17

Salvation:  “deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption”

Quick, think of a symbol of Christmas.  If you’re like me, a Christmas tree with some presents popped into your head.  Maybe even Santa on his sleigh.  Or Rudolph flying past a wintery snowscape.  The funny thing is, nobody knows for sure where we came up with these prominent symbols of Christmas.  No one knows how we came up with a Christmas tree for sure.  Or a wreath, or Santa for that matter.  There is conjecture and ideas of where they came from and their roots in our culture, but there is concrete truth in them.  What we absolutely know about Christmas, is this.  We know that it’s a celebration of Christ coming to this world to save us from our sins.  No, December 25th is not Jesus’ birthday.  But it’s the day we celebrate His incarnation into this world of sin and suffering.  It’s the day we should remember to be thankful for the salvation He brought with Him.  That’s the real gift of Christmas.  That’s why we bring gifts and blessings to our loved ones on this day.  Wise men greeted Jesus with their grifts when He was born, now we greet each other with gifts in commemoration.  But our gifts will always pale in comparison to His.  We bring toys, tools, and new cloths.  He came bearing salvation, redemption, and the promise of JOY.  (Something my pastor, Bill Ritchie refers to as an “inside smile.” ) Our presents bring happiness, His brings continued joy.  Let’s be thankful on this day for the gift from our creator.  The ultimate gift.  The gift that brings us to the cross.

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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