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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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Rock

“The Lord is my Rock
And I won’t be afraid
No, I won’t be afraid
You’re with me”
Excerpt from the song The Lord Is My Rock by Elevation Worship

He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  Psalm 62:6

Monolith:  “an organized whole that acts as a single unified powerful or influential force”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Do you know how often God is referred to as a “Rock” in the Bible?  A bunch.  I could have picked from dozens of verses for today’s message.  A rock is about the most stable thing we know of.  Buildings made from stone have stood the test of centuries.  Rocks have become famous in their stature and fortitude.  Who doesn’t know of a famous monolith of stone?  The rock of Gibraltar, El Capitan, even Plymouth Rock.  We look to stone for it’s longevity and steadfastness.  In literary terms there is nothing more stable.  And so, from time to time, God chose to use them as a metaphor for describing Himself.  That’s why Jesus is called the cornerstone.  In antiquity, builders would lay a cornerstone around which all the measurements and layouts of a building would me sourced from.  It was most important stone in any building.   Without a solid cornerstone a building didn’t stand a chance of withstanding the test of time.  In the age of concrete and steel, we don’t rely on cornerstones so much anymore.  But every building has a footing.  It’s where the shape of any structure begins and if you could see the footings your house is built on, you would see that they bear almost all the weight of your entire home.  When I built houses, I could always tell when a footing was poorly laid.  The entire house, although structurally sound became more difficult to build.  That’s how our lives are.  The foundation of our character, the footing for our souls, impacts every part of our lives.  Any imperfection in our foundation will be felt in every aspect of our lives.  That’s why it is foolish to build our lives around our own wisdom.  Look at the humanity.  It’s easy to see that our wisdom fails.  It is so important that we build our lives around perfection.  When Jesus said He was the cornerstone and then died on the cross, He laid Himself out to be our foundation.  And so, we must treat Him that way.  He must be the cornerstone, the foundation, the footing, from which our lives are built.  We mess up too easily as it is.  We can’t afford to start off on a faulty footing.   The Lord must be our Rock.

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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