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 2, 2013

You Can't Stay Here


“But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, well hold on to you always”
Excerpt from the song There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp

And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Revelation 21:4-5a

Novel:  “new and not resembling something formerly known or used”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A newborn baby sleeping in your arms.  Puppy breath.  Graduation day!  A beautiful bride and handsome groom.  First grandchild.  Retirement vacations enjoyed.  They’re all things we love.  They’re all things we’re going to remember.  They’re all things things we only get once.  All of life is only lived once.  The list of singular moments literally lasts a lifetime.  However, it seems we live in a replay world.  Miss the score?  Wind it back.  Wanna miss the commercials?  DVR it.  Wanna see Batman save Gotham City again?  You know what to do.  Life comes with its ups and sideways and downs.  There will always be good times and bad.  The past will often seem a little more golden than the present.  We’ll miss the way our greying dog played when they were a puppy.  We’ll long to be able to hold our kids on our laps once more.  Maybe there’s someone’s smile we wish we could see again.  As much as we’d like to, we don’t actually live in a replay world.  Camera’s are capturing life at a staggering rate.  But it’s only the hint of a memory they can preserve.  Moments are fleeting.  Life is progressive.  We can’t stay here.  Right now will be a memory someday.  Perhaps we’d like to be back here again in time.  Live!  Live like right now is a memory you’ll want forever.  Live like your memories really make a difference.  Live like you want to make a better future.  Live like life is never-ending.  Dying is part of life.  However, so is living.  And in Christ there is life everlasting.  The Bible says, “And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3  We may never hold our babies again.  We can’t wind back the clock to our graduation or wedding day.  However, there is something so much greater.  The ability to realize a perfect life.  A life where babies don’t cry.  Where the struggles of teenage life don’t exist.  Where death is abolished for good.  I want that life.  And somehow, looking forward to that future seems to assuage the pains of this life.  You can’t stay here.  Good thing, because Christ is preparing a place we can and will want to stay forever.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am 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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