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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, June 26, 2013

Soul Vitamin

“Just because it’s difficult and awkward doesn’t mean you can walk away from it.”  Bono

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:14

Sally:  “a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track: jaunt”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“What in the world is this?”
Tim wondered as he pulled an unexpected package out of his newly opened box of cold cereal.
“Bro, are those gummy worms?”
Tim’s room mate Alex asked.  Laughing at the oddity of the experience.
“Umm, should I be getting gummy worms in my cereal?”
“Did you check the box, maybe they’re sending out trial packets of some new candy or something?”
Upon inspection Tim found that in fact the box did come deliberately with a pack of new vitamin gummy worms.  Alex was right.  
“Hey Alex, bro, do wanna try these gummy worm vitamins with me?”
“Why not, give me one?”

It’s not every day that you find something extra in your cereal box.  But it’s not that uncommon either.  When I was a kid, I coveted the GI Joe stickers that my brothers always hoarded.  As a kid those things are awesome.  The happy meal toys, the decoder rings, the surprises.  We all want something more, but as we get older we expect less and less.  The added toys become garbage.  Vitamins on the other hand...  Well we all need those.  And so it is with Christ.  Jesus said we are to have faith like a child.  Too often that childish faith has been thrown away and seen as just that, childish.  We listen to doubters and mockers.  We see the gospel as unnecessary and possibly even junk.  Then a friend comes along and asks us to church.  Or maybe we just decided to open the Bible.  There’s something more.  It’s not just a decoder ring.  It’s life, it’s vitamins for the soul.  It’s Jesus.  No matter how old we are, there are still good surprises.  No matter how young we are, vitamins are good for us.  And no matter how little we may care, God has a surprise He wants us to try.  Try Him out.  Test Him.  Then measure the results.  See if you can’t claim joy.  See if a relationship with Him doesn’t change you life, who you are, and what you live for.  To be certain, the experience is different for everyone.  Don’t let anyone tell you that unless your hair catches on fire, you haven’t really accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  C.S. Lewis described his conversion experience as simply realizing in a moment that he was a Christian.  Then he changed the world with that realization.  I can’t tell you what your experience might be like.  Only that with it is joy.  It doesn’t come with perfection.  It doesn’t come with happiness necessarily.  In fact it may come with sorrow at the realization of what so many people live without in this world.  You name it.  Drugs, disease, poverty, they all profoundly affect the heart of a person following Christ.  It’s that which affects us that we’re called to serve.  No longer are we to live for ourselves, but for His purpose.  It’s not easy, it can be heartbreaking.  But there’s joy in it.  There’s joy in it because it’s a path walked with Jesus.  But wait, there’s more.  A sally with Jesus doesn’t lead to this world.  It’s leads to more.  It leads to salvation and a life lived in eternity with Him.  That’s a life without sorrow and suffering.  A life of perfect happiness and zero guilt.  That’s a path I want to head down.  He’s the vitamin we all need.

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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