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 17, 2013


I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back

Though none go with me, still I will follow
Though none go with me, still I will follow
Though none go with me, still I will follow
No turning back, no turning back

The Cross before me, the world behind me
The Cross before me, the world behind me
The Cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back

From the song, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus - Author unknown

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:17

Resplendent:  “shining brilliantly : characterized by a glowing splendor”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you remember, yesterday I ended with a quote from the old hymn, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.  What a great line!  It’s moved people closer to Jesus for decades.  And I’m sure it was written from a heart close to our Savior.  I wanted to tell you the story behind the song.  A story of persecution and suffering.  We all like to hear how God moves in our lives and our hearts.  However, the fact is, I don’t know the story.  Sure, I could repeat to you what I found on the internet.  But I have no way of verifying the sources, and I don’t want to mislead you, even if it’s an innocent mistake.  And besides, there is a greater lesson to be learned.  The lesson is in the songs lyrics, not its history.  We know the song is from India and that it came from a conversion experience.  But what if it were written by a wealthy guy in Europe or America?  Would that make the words less valuable?  Following Jesus is what really matters.  And in following Him we will be abandoned by friends at times.  But God asks us to put Him first.  That means the Cross must go before us.  That means that many of the things of the world will be left behind.  And so it doesn’t really matter, the source of the song, or for that matter, the song itself.  What matters is our heart.  Do we follow Jesus with all our hearts?  The decision to follow Jesus is a resplendent one indeed.

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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