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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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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Suit and Tie

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”  Eric Fromm

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”  John 6:35

Joie De Vivre:  “keen or buoyant enjoyment of life”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You've probably heard the Justin Timberlake song, Suit and Tie?  You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing it for a while.  And for good reason I guess.  It has the type of hook that gets stuck in your head for days.  It starts out like this, “And as long as I’ve got my suit and tie, I’m gonna leave it on the floor tonight.”  But contrast that with a man named Abraham from Sudan.  He was one of “The Lost Boys” chased out of his country by terrorists to Ethiopia.  Only to be chased at gunpoint back out of Ethiopia, through a river teaming with crocodiles and death into Kenya, where they still were not wanted.  Eventually this group of “Lost Boys” would be rescued by the United States, where they became citizens with all the problems, blessings, and responsibilities of being Americans.  Years later, after having been threatened by death so many times, from so many sources, Abraham could be found with one prized possession he had kept with him all along.  A red Bible.  You see, Abraham had been a pastor in Sudan before terrorism forced him to flee.  And it took decades to make it back home.  But this time as a bishop for his church, dividing his time between the United States and Sudan.  Constantly guided by that prized possession.  The Word of the Lord.  Listen, I’m not disparaging Justin Timberlake’s song.  It’s not very kid friendly in my opinion, however I do have it on my iPhone.  But there’s so much more to life than a “Suit and Tie.”  And by “Suit and Tie” I mean any possession we rely on for satisfaction.  Probably one of the most indulgent groups of people in recent history, “The Rolling Stones,” are famous for a song entitled I Can’t Get No SatisfactionThe source of satisfaction is found in the Lord.  There’s a hole in every heart waiting for Him to fill it.  Thousands of those “Lost Boys” died on their journey from terror to freedom.  Abraham lived through it.  Why?  Because as he says, “God wanted him to be able to tell about it.”  When God fills that place in our heart there is something we feel compelled to do.  Tell about it.  Life is a deadly journey.  There’s only one way to freedom.  That’s through Jesus.  He said, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6  We’re all on the same path.  Will we make it through?  Do we have the Way in our hearts?  Do we have the Word in our possession?  Do we have life?  The “Suit and Tie” life may look more attractive, but there’s no lasting satisfaction on a dance floor.  Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10b  Who’s they?  His followers.  Want an abundant life?  Follow Jesus.  Don’t just be a Christian.  Be a disciple.  Follow Jesus.  After all He did say, “Why are you worried about clothing?  Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like of of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29  God is abundantly able to bless your life.  For some with possessions, for others greatness.  For all, satisfaction.  How’s that for a “Suit and Tie?”

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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