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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Friday, July 5, 2013

The Truth Of Love


“What is truth?  It is that which conforms to that which actually is.”  Ravi Zacharias 

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat agains that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”  Jesus - Matthew 7:24-27

Veracity:  “power of conveying or perceiving truth”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Respect yourself: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and others reminds us it’s okay to be who you are.”  That’s a headline for some featured videos in an email I just received from Youtube.  The thing about it is, it’s not true by anyone’s standards.  Media is constantly bombarding us with messages about being true to ourselves and loving ourselves for who we are.  And we buy it because it sounds good.  And at the same time we’re being sold a product.  No one wants a serial killer to “Be true to themselves.”  No one wants a child predator to “Respect who they are.”  I get that the messaging is in large part meant for the people who feel abused or ostracized by society.  However, what is the message’s true effect?  Does it encourage people to reject values?  And what are values?  And if you’re searching to find yourself, do you think you’ll ever be found?  We just celebrated the Fourth of July here in the United States.  It’s a day in which we celebrate our countries founding and independence.  We’ve been searching to find ourselves as a country since  the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock (perhaps before.)  We debate whether we’re a Christian country, whether our forefathers even cared much about God, and whether our values are worth upholding.  All these questions and wonderings are absolutely impossible to answer without divinity.  Universities have developed mathematical algorithms to determine what a good action would be.  They measure the projected effects of an action and compare the positives to the negatives and then say whether the action is good or bad.  That’s not a bad thing, we all do it, and should do it.  However, it’s a reminder that we are rejecting a foundation of morality.  But societies around the world are stuck, because we can’t admit what that foundation is.  As individuals we’re allowed to have faith and personal core values, but as governments we can’t.  Or at least we say we can’t because we don’t want to discriminate.  However, we all know that discrimination is healthy.  We have to be able to discriminate between right and wrong, safety and danger, or simply day and night.  What we need and what we sometimes lack in our discrimination is the ultimate of values.  That is love.  Sadly, love is often confused with license.  Out of so-called love we say, “Be yourself,” while watching someone destroy their lives.  We would never let a toddler risk their lives out of “Love.”  But we do it every day with people who are, “Searching for themselves.”  Where is the love in letting a little girl join a group of hatchet wielding, face painting, middle aged men?  It happens.  Where’s the love in letting a little boy determine their true gender when they’re not old enough to even know what sex is?  It happens.  And what part of love teaches us to condone the use of drugs that we know destroys important parts of the brain.  That happens too.  Love is not accepting of all things.  We know that in our hearts.  Through love we reject things every day.  However, it’s love that calls us to care for the confused, the broken hearted, and the lost.  It is love through which we stand on the foundation of God and lend a hand to those sinking in the shifting sands of humanity.  Love does not reject people, it rejects sin.  Neither is love spelled A-C-C-E-P-T-A-N-C-E no matter how hard society tries to tell us it is.  There are different types of love, but ultimately love is spelled G-O-D.  The Bible says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”  1 John 4:8  So what does love look like?  It looks like God.  So how do we do that?  We start by building our foundation on Him.  How do we do that?  We follow Jesus.

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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