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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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Heart For Jesus

“Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ.  The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him.  It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him.  The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him.  We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles.  Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?”  Oswald Chambers

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.  Romans 9:16

Venal:  “capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Can you believe people?  We do the right things for the wrong reasons.  We do the wrong things for the right reasons.  And we do nothing out of the fear of failure.  So what should we do?  We can’t help but inject our human pride into everything we try to accomplish.  Everything we do becomes corrupted by venality at some point.  We can’t do anything perfectly.  I can’t help but think of the hymn by Hellen H. Lemmel that states in its refrain, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful gaze, and the things of earth shall grow strangely dim, at the light of His glory and grace.”  We’ll never completely lose ourselves in working for the Lord.  We’ll never be able to perfect our actions for Him.  However, we can be carried by Him, when we put the full weight of our trust on His shoulders.  We are not the authors and perfecters of our faith (see Hebrews 12:2), He is.  We cannot make a burden light (see Matthew 11:30), He can.  And in our humanity we are not the light of the world (see John 8:12), Jesus is.  So what are we?  We are the joy that Christ died for (see Hebrews 12:2).  We are the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12).  We are the children of God.  And like any child, perfection is not what’s required of us.  Rather, our love is what is desired most.  Maybe that’s why Peter said, “Love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8  And that’s the answer, isn’t it.  To love.  In love we follow Jesus more completely.  In love we serve more genuinely.  In love we feel His presence more fully.  In Jesus, whatever we do becomes a act of the heart more than anything, because in Jesus our life is not so much about what we do, but about where are heart is.  And at the same time, our heart drives our actions more than anything else can.  Above all, let’s have a heart for our Creator.

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,

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