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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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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Ride


“The only way to serve God is to serve other people.”  Rick Warren

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Lala:  “totally awesome, mad, cool, sweet, rad”  Rippin H2O surf lingo

“Dude, here’s good.”  “How much do I owe you.”
John yelled over the wind noise from the backseat of a 61 VW bus.  He could smell the country and the salt in the air blowing in through open windows.  John had just hitched a ride over the mountains through the pineapple fields from downtown Honolulu.  Now they were coming up on a little fruit stand along the North Shore of Oahu.  Needing lunch anyway, here was as good a place as any.  He could walk to the surf from here too.
“What do I owe you?”
He repeated.
“Brah, you can’t pay.”
Replied Josh, John’s new friend and today’s ride.
John swept his wind blown sun bleached hair back from his surf tanned face.
“Na dude, really, what do I owe you?”
Free stuff is nice, but you can’t just accept it that easily, John thought in his mind.  
“Brah, I told you, you can’t pay!”
“I got you man.”
Josh’s reply was cool and confident.  It wasn’t fake.  Something about his tone made it clear.  He wasn’t taking a payment.  So John jumped out, grabbed his board from the top rack and with a smile waved his ride away.  Grabbing a fresh mango and a couple finger bananas, he contemplated what had just happened.  Josh would never know what that free ride meant to him.  How it would go on to change his life.  Maybe that cross in the window really meant something?
“You can’t pay!” is the reply we all get.  It’s the reply we get when we go to church so that Jesus will love us.  It’s the reply we get when we refuse the cigarettes hoping God sees.  It’s the replay we get when...  There’s no payment for salvation.  Not from us.  The bills been paid.  The gas for the journey is already in the tank.
“Did that Joshua give you a free ride?”
Asked the little lady behind the table of bananas.  Her smile revealing the wrinkles in her face.
“In fact He did.”
“Do you know Him?”
“Do I know Him?  Of course I know Him.”
“He’s famous for His free rides.”
“That cross in the window...  It means something to Him?”
“Freedom, freeness!”
John knew there was something special about Joshua.  Something more than the free ride he just received.  He could just feel it.  
There is someone special in each of our lives.  He’s stopped waiting for us to hop on His free ride.  Not just any free ride.  A special ride, able to change our lives forever.  The Cross means something.  It’s not just a symbol, it’s a tool.  A tool for our salvation.  Let’s get onboard with Jesus.  He’s not only able transport us to a new location, He’s able to change our lives.  He’s offering freedom to all of us.  Freedom from anxiety, fear, habits, hurts, and hangups.  There’s no payment necessary.  Just a relationship.
Just then a bus pulled into the dirt parking lot.  The dust blew away to reveal Josh’ smiling face.
“Hey brah, you wanna hit the surf?”
“I want to talk to you about something.”
“It will blow your mind.  It will be lala.  I promise...”

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone 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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