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 10, 2013

For The Honor... Remember


“For the honor of the Father, let the cross be lifted high.”  Excerpt from the song For The Honor by Elevation Worship

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  When the centurion and those who were with Him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God.”  Matthew 27:50-51, 54

Enervated:  “lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Was that you, Sully I saw at the waterfront yesterday?”
She asked no one.
It was obvious it couldn’t have been him, but there was a question.  There was a wondering.  A feeling.  It seemed like he was there, but there was no proof, no real evidence.  Other than the most compelling.
In her mind she could still see him.  His face burned badly.  Cringed with pain.  Warm with love.  That was the last time she saw him.  It was an accident on top of the main hill in town.  No one talks about it.  Everyone knows about it.  The sad part is, she couldn’t remember his last words.  Only that he had some.  What kind of friend can’t remember a friend’s last words while they lay dying right in front of you?

“It is finished...”
He said to everyone who would hear.
Sometimes we get the feeling of His presence.  The way the wind blows through the trees.  The way He speaks to us in a still small voice.  At first glance there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence of His presence.  Other than the most compelling.
We all have a picture of that day.  A face bruised and cut almost beyond recognition.  A face filled with pain but portraying more love than we can see anywhere else.  It happened on top of a hill just outside of town.  We’re all afraid t talk about it.  We all know about it.  “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit!.”  Those were His last words.  But they weren’t the last words of a dying man.  Yes, He died, but He also rose again!  He gained victory over death so that we could all experience His blessing.

We all like to call Jesus a friend.  But what kind of friend are we?  Too often we forget what happened to Him.  We don’t like to talk about it, even though we all know about it.  And I’m not just talking about what He did on the Cross.  I’m talking about what He does everyday.  The answered prayers, the safety, the life of another day.  Are we thankful for what He did?  Are we thankful for what He does?  For what He promises to do?  Personally, I forget to thank Him enough.  There are so many days that go by when I forget His blessings, enervated by my unfulfilled desires.  What kind of friend does that?  The kind of friend that is imperfect.  And that’s ok.  Jesus died to save imperfect people.  To bless imperfect people.  A love like His doesn’t make requirements.  It’s only condition is acknowledgement.  Acknowledgement of that love.  And it’s in acknowledgement of His love that our lives are forever changed...  On a daily basis.

“I remember!”
She thought to herself.
“His last words were, ‘Remember.’”
I guess that’s one word but it’s one word she’ll always remember.  Sully wasn’t talking about himself either.  He didn’t desire for her to remember this last moment of him.  Or any other moment with him for that matter.  She knew he was talking about and reminding of his greatest desire for her and all of us.  For us to remember Jesus.  God’s sacrifice of His only begotten Son.

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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