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, August 26, 2014

The Action Of Words

“Honor lies in honest toil.” - Grover Cleveland

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, Selah. - Psalm 67:1

Selah: “a term of uncertain meaning found in the Hebrew text of Psalms and Habakkuk carried over untranslated into some English versions” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What did he mean when Grover Cleveland said, “Honor lies in honest toil?” I think we all know what it means. But when we think about it from all aspects, could that phrase mean a lot of things? Could one honestly toil at making the world worse? Could you or I honestly work at being evil? The word “Selah,” is a word in the Bible that cannot, as of yet, be translated into English. It’s technical meaning is unknown. But taken in context, it has meaning. It’s a word of affirmation and recognition. It’s an “amen,” a “please,” a “yes,” and many more words rolled into one. It’s like the phrase by Grover Cleveland. We can interpret it into confusion, or we could take it for what it means, in reality. Honor does lie in honest toil. And no, we can’t honestly work at ruining lives. We all know what it means to labor honestly. That it means to work hard for what is good and right. And we all know that when we work for what is good and right it brings satisfaction. Satisfaction that comes from knowing that we did something honorable. God is a God of action. There’s nothing wrong with talk. There’s thinking and ideas in talk. But at some point, for words to make a difference there must be action. That’s why God gave words power. Notice how God’s words throughout the Bible led to happenings. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” - Genesis 1:3 Sure, there are times in the Bible when we get a glimpse into the thoughts of God through His conversations. However, none of God’s words are left without action. How much do we talk and expect honor to come from our words alone? Can honor come from words alone? What difference does it make when we talk without putting our words into motion? More than we think. There is potential in words. They are a spring that stores up energy in order for something to happen. They do things even when we don’t intend them to. All words have an impactful meaning. When we use them, disregarding their potential, we risk doing harm. So while we understand that honor can be gained through an honest days work, let’s understand that words can do work too. And honor can come through words as well as anything else. We were given words and mouths for a reason, and we should use them for a good reason. The same as we would use our bodies. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31.

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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