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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, April 26, 2013

Broken


“Learning obedience is the only way to have control of our own will.”  Andrew Murray

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:20

Palpable:  “capable of being touched or felt”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Good morning Amy, can I get you to prepare the bar to serve coffee this morning?”  “And can I please get you to be here on time.  It’s important that we all are prompt and professional.”  
That’s it!  
She thought to herself.  
I’m here everyday.  I stay late everyday.  I work hard every day.  I’m never late...  
“Oh, and Amy, can you get the cash register ready too.”  
She fumed as she watched her manager and co-worker head to the restaurant next door to get a quick breakfast.  
She couldn’t stand it anymore.  The abuse.  The neglect.  
“I’m not going to let them take advantage of me anymore!”  She thought.  
Then she began doing something she had never done before.  
She began to sabotage.  
She got the coffee bar ready, but not for customers...  
“Where’s Amy?” 
 Her fellow barista asked when she returned from getting her morning sandwich. 
“I don’t know, did she leave?”  
“This is beyond weird, she’s never just left before.”  Her manager wondered out loud.  
“Look at this mess, what did she do?”  
Amy had snapped.  She couldn’t take any more.  She was going to get the world back for what it had done to her.  
She was tired of arguing with her boss every morning on the way to work, even if it was just in her head.  He had mistreated her too many times.  Now it was her turn.  He had to pay the price.  30 seconds doesn’t count as being late anyway!  
Just then her phone rang.  It was her mom calling to tell her how proud she was of her being such a hard worker and faithful employee.  
Amy broke...  
We’re all Amy.  It seems we’re all mistreated.  We all want to get even.  We all sabotage and make a mess of our lives.  We burn bridges and leave our messes behind, unable to clean them, even if we wanted to.  But there’s always someone behind cleaning up our messes.  Getting ready for the world.  
“Hey Amy, how can I help you?”  The text from her manager read.  
“We’ve got everything cleaned up and ready for you when you want to come back...”  
“Who is this God to tell me about my life?”  We’ve all asked.  “Constantly judging and pointing out my mistakes.”  
We all make mistakes.  And they’ll all be pointed out.  The Bible says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”  Numbers 32:23  But we’re not alone.  God sent His son to be a co-worker in our lives.  He’s constantly cleaning up the messes we can’t fix.  The messes we’ve made with our own hands.  He pays the consequences for our anger, our sorrow, our mistakes, our...  
And no matter what we’ve done to sabotage life itself.  God invites us back to work for Him.  To work with Him.  He waits patiently for our return.  He’s sent us a text.  
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, an I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, of rI am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30  
No doubt you may have seen that text before.  But maybe you declined the invite before.  
We’ve all ignored it before.  
Let’s not ignore it this time.  God’s love is true and real.  It’s palpable and tangible.  There’s nothing like it. 

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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