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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Friday, August 29, 2014

Better Hands Now

It’s like the sun is shining
When the rain is pourin’ down
It’s like my soul is flying
Though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine
There’s no doubt
I’m in better hands now
Excerpt from the song In Better Hands Now
by Natalie Grant

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth.  Proverbs 127:4

Hoard:  “a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Sir look, a chimp.”
“A what?”  The captain asked looking out at the plain of tall grass through his binoculars.
“A chimp, you know, a chimpanzee, a great ape.”
“Ya, I know what a chimp is Scott, but what is a chimp doing here?”
“I don’t know sir.  Shall we try and find out?”
“Go ahead...”
“Oh, and Scott, be careful.  You never know what one of these things is up to.”
“Yes sir.”

It’s crazy what life can bring.  Things unexpected and exciting.  Things to be explored and wondered at.  New things to learn and understand.

“Can I get some cereal?”
“What do you want cereal for, it’s not breakfast time?”  Replied their cook.
“There’s a chimpanzee outside camp, it looks like he needs something.”
“You’re crazy, you know that Scott.”
“Ya, I know that.  Just give me some cereal.”
“Here you go.  But be careful.  You never know what one of these things can do.”

Life can be scary.  Not everything to be learned is enjoyable.  There are dangers in life.  Dangers we are powerless to overcome.  Dangers we must face to make a difference.

“It ran off sir.”
“What ran off?  Where?
“The chimp.  I gave him some cereal and he took it and ran off.  In fact he’s done it everyday for the past week since that first day we noticed him.  Poor thing, he looks so bedraggled and hungry.”
“Sir, this is weird I know, but can me and some of the boys check out what this thing is up to?”
“Are you caught up on all your duties.”
“Sir...  Have I ever been known for slacking?”
“Ok then, just be careful.  You never...”
“Know what these things are up to.”  Scott mumbled the end of the captains phrase before he could finish.
“I’ll be careful...”

Sometimes things are different than what they seem.  “It is what it is.”  Isn’t that the phrase we use when life isn’t exactly satisfactory?  “It is what it is.”  Is it?  

“Sir, you remember that chimp?”
“Ya, why?”
“Well, it seems the food I’ve been giving it.  Well, it’s not been for him.  He’s been taking it back to his group and sharing it.  It looks like another clan of chimps has been keeping them from hunting and foraging.  They’ve been starving.  I think the little food I’ve been giving them is all they’ve had.”
“It is what it is.”  We’re all starving.  Scratch that.  God has a plan.  He gave us His word.  We don’t have to starve.  But too often we see people starving and do nothing about it.  We take the food, we take His Word and keep it to ourselves.  As if there isn’t enough to go around.  As if we don’t know how to hand it out.  As if we don’t have the means to do His work.  That sort of thinking always starts and ends with us.  “I can’t.”  I don’t know how I...”  Recently Whitney (my wife) and I announced that we are going to have a baby.  If you know much about us, you know that we have been in the process of adopting for a while now.  Nothing about that is going to change.  However, along the way God decided to give us a biological child as well.  I don’t know what our children will be like yet.  However, one thing I do know.  God said children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior.  What does that mean?  For me that means that my children aren’t just for me.  Arrows are useless to a warrior until they’re nocked, drawn, and released.  And so it is with everything God’s given us.  This world is our clan.  Many are starving for God’s Word.  Are we sharing what’s been given us?  I don’t know if a chimp would ever share food with its starving clan.  But I do know that too often we’re in the same position and we hoard.  We worry about our kids being good.  We worry about our retirement savings and our house.  We worry about everything as if everything is for us.  Imagine the worry we would have if we lived like everything was to be shared.  Like everything was for the purpose of Christ.  God wants us to share Him through our children, through our homes and our money.  There’s nothing He’s given that can’t be used to share Him.  And there’s nothing that He’s given that can run out.  Like that chimp, we only have two hands.  We can only carry so much.  That’s why God blesses us with tools.  His blessings expand our ability to care, like arrows expand the reach of a warrior.  And so I’m not going to worry about what our children will be like.  Because I know God has blessed us with them to do His work.  Whatever that may be, and however that may look.  Why worry?  Why worry about how our kids will turn out?  Why worry about our home and our savings?  Why worry if it’s all for the Lord anyway?  Of course that doesn’t mean we neglect our children, home, or bank account.  However, it does mean that when we put our lives in God’s grasp we will truly see.  We’re all in better hands now.

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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