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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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

God Is Good


“Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.”  Henry Ward Beecher

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  2 Peter 1: 3-4

Dissolution:  “termination or destruction by breaking down, disrupting, or dispersing”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

God truly is good.  He’s the Lord of all creation and He loves you more than you could ever love Him.  Sometimes we feel His love when we see a beautiful sunrise or enjoy a calm a relaxing evening.  Often we feel it at the sight of a newborn baby or the scent of a sweet smelling flower.  We call those things beautiful and we’re thankful for it.  But what’s the point of beauty?  Some would say that beauty’s role is to attract us to what is good and what can give us the ability to survive.  That evolution gave us an attraction to life and we call it beauty.  I agree with that statement.  But, for different reasons.  We are naturally attracted to life.  However, there are many beautiful things that bring death.  We see it every day.  Storms can be beautiful if you’re not in their destructive path.  Beautiful blooms often erupt from poisonous vegetation.  Even humanity uses its beauty to deceive, corrupt, and destroy.  So it couldn’t have been evolution that gave us beauty.  In that case we’d all be dead.  No, it had to be a loving Creator.  But why would a loving God create beauty in the things that can destroy us?  Sex, poison, passion.  They all can come wrapped neatly in a beautiful little package filled with deadly intentions.  Choice, will, knowledge.  They’re a few of the reasons beauty is corrupted.  With choice comes challenge.  With will comes regret.  And with knowledge comes the power to make mistakes.  As so, beauty attracts us.  But it isn’t always the life in beauty we’re attracted to.  It’s often beauty that we must refuse.  Because it’s often that beauty is meant to be a challenge to overcome.  However, there is a beauty that is the source of life.  The agape, the unconditional love of God.  In its proper place we can see that all beauty is manifest by our Creator.  In its proper place we can enjoy all that God has given us.  And in its proper place we can thank Him for everything He’s blessed us with.  And we can, because of that ugly but beautiful event a little over 2 thousand years ago.  An event ultimately ugly to behold, but amazingly beautiful to experience.  Christ’s death on the Cross, however nasty, has the power to dissolution the death so often inherent in beauty.  Because it has the power to forgive sin and give us life in the Holy Spirit.  Jesus did that for us.  And it’s through the rose colored glasses provided by the Gospel that all things can become more beautiful than they ever could before.  Want to experience beauty the way it was intended?  Look to Jesus.  He created a perfect world for us.  But at the same time He gave us choice.  And it’s through choice that we brought corruption to it.  And it’s through His sacrifice that He struck the death blow to that corruption, so that beauty can once again be perfected.  It’s because of that I find beauty in the words of the old hymn, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”  I hope you find them beautiful too.

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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