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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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Good Fight


“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  J. K. Rowling

Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  Timothy 6:12

Harrowing:  “hard to accept or bear especially emotionally”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

On the night of January 25, 2012, Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker in Somalia, was rescued from pirates by a cadre of US Navy Seals.  You probably have never heard of the story.  You definitely didn’t know about it when it was happening.  And I’m sure you have never heard of her or that she was a hostage in Africa.  That is, unless you know her personally or worked on her rescue.  That night held what would be an unusual and harrowing experience for most any of us.  However it wasn’t that unusual for the operators who conducted the mission.  Every day there are warriors out there fighting for and risking their lives for people they don’t know and otherwise would have never even heard of.  That night, Jessica recalled in an interview on 60 Minutes, there was a point when her rescuers, fearing an attack from the Somalis, asked her to lay down, they then surrounded her and covered her body with their own to protect her until it was safe.  When the danger subsided they ran to a couple different helicopters.  She got in one, they got in another, and to my knowledge she hasn’t seen them since.  In a matter of minutes she was rescued by a group of men she had never and most likely will never meet.  But that didn’t deter them from laying down their lives for her that night.  We could all learn from that.  You and I will probably never be a Navy Seal.  We probably will never have to physically risk our lives for another person.  We probably will never be shot at.  But we can all emulate what happened that night.  Christians could learn dedication from a Navy Seal.  We could learn what it means to sacrifice from a special forces operator.  And we could all use what they do as inspiration for fighting the good fight.  Do Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Air Force PJs, or any other military men and women emulate what God wants for their lives?  Maybe sometimes.  Certainly not always.  But if they’re willing to die for someone they don’t know, why can’t we learn from that?  We can.  We’ve all been called to lay down our lives for others.  Maybe not literally, but at least figuratively.  We’re all called to be servants.  But there’s something even more important than human life.  That is the human soul.  That’s what we’re ultimately fighting for.  But while there are men and women brave enough to be shot at while trying to save a life, we’re often too afraid to risk embarrassment to save a soul.  I can see those Seals forming a human shield around Jessica that night.  It’s what we’re all called to do.  Maybe you have a friend struggling with alcohol or drugs.  Maybe you have a little brother or sister you see going down the wrong path.  Maybe you know a co-worker who can’t break the cycle of abuse.  They need a rescue as much as any hostage.  You and I are the first responders to the rescue for many of them.  And it’s on our knees in prayer, it’s in an encouraging statement, a kind word, or a thoughtful gesture that we form that spiritual shield around their hearts and souls.  The image of the warrior is for all of us.  It’s an example of what it takes to save.  Is it an example we’re living by?

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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