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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, August 6, 2013

In Above Your Head


“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me.  With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end.  So what is there to worry about?”  Henry Ford

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth.  Job 19:25

Tortuous:  “marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sometimes riding a motorcycle has its advantages.  The helmet hides your face.  And so Job was thankful for the plastic and paint that came between his anguish and the world.  When you’re riding down a city street, no one can tell the difference between a man laughing and a man crying, he reminded himself.  So he let it out.
“Where are you God?”
“What happened to your peace that passes all understanding?”
“I can’t do this without you...  But you seem like you’re gone?”
A twist of the wrist brings the front tire a couple inches off the pavement.  In anger he wants to let everything go.  His motorcycle has the power of most of the cars around him and it would easily take him past 175 miles per hour.  But Job isn’t crazy, he’s just mad.  So in anger he twists the throttle in short bursts but is careful not to overdo it.  On top of all that’s happened, he doesn’t need to go to jail.  Not today.  
“I don’t know what to do God?”
“Where are you?”
“If you gave me this responsibility, why aren’t you here to help me with it?”
If they were listening, his office co-workers could probably hear the exhaust from his BMW echoing between the buildings through the downtown streets.  But it could never sound as angry as he feels.  In his desire to be somebody Job became what you would call an entrepreneur.   And a successful one at that.  He enjoyed sports cars, toys, and all the things that people say will make you happy.  But Job isn’t happy.  Not today.
“I have everything God.  And I’ve thanked you for all of it.”
“So why am I so confused and scared?”
“I don’t know what to do.”
Job had discovered the secret to being whatever you wanted to be.  He had discovered what a burning desire could get you.  Now he didn’t want any of it.  He was finding out that a burning desire doesn’t always get you what you want.  Fame, fortune, power.  They’re not everything in life and Job was finding that out.  But Job knew something many of his friends didn’t know.  He knew God.  He hadn't talked to Him much lately, but He knew where to find Him.  And so underneath his helmet that crisp morning he let the tears flow as he poured out his heart to God.  And in the rush of acceleration.  In the sound of high performance engines and city noise he heard God say.
“I am in over your heard.”
“I’ve been by your side this entire time.”
“I know what you’re feeling, because I can see you on the inside.”
“I know you better than you know yourself.”
“I know that in spite of all you have you feel like a failure.”
“I built you and I know that you need me.”
“I’ve been waiting for this moment and I won’t let you go.”
And so Job heard what Jesus is longing to say to all of us if we would just listen.  Job, like so many of us know God.  But for too many He’s a friend of last resort.  Job felt like we all feel sometimes.  In over our heads.  But it’s over our heads that we find our Savior.  After all, who needs a Savior when we’ve got it handled.  However, we don’t have it handled.  No one does.  We may be going through the motions and looking good while doing it.  But we all break eventually.  And while there’s nothing on earth to put us back together properly.  There is one who can.  Job found Him that day on his motorcycle.  Where will we find Him?

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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