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, September 10, 2013

Simply Everything


“If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself.  Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.”  Francis Quarrels

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  Psalm 139:14

Whim:  “a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What’s the big deal about God?  Why is He so important?  Why is it important to worship Him?  The clearest answer seems to be simply that He is the Creator of everything, He is all powerful, He is in control, and that He asks us to make a big deal of Him by worshiping and following Him.  And so, why is it that we forget about Him so often?  Why is it that simply living to be happy often seems more important than Him?  Why is it that we often make God secondary or even thirdly or fourthly in our lives?  Again, the clearest answer seems to be that we are easily encapsulated in our own lives, seeing and feeling everyday events more vividly than we do God.  Because of this many begin to doubt the existence of God.  Many put their faith, hope, and trust in what they can see, feel, and hold in their hands; rather than what they can see, feel, and hold in their hearts, minds, and souls.  We’re constantly asking for empirical evidence and at the same time disregarding it when we don’t agree with it.  There is evidence that God created everything, the same as there is evidence that the car you drive was designed and created by a company.  It’s stamp is on the hood.  So why do we ignore the stamp on us; God’s stamp on creation?  Is it because allowing a belief in God would destroy the plans we have for our lives?  Is it because allowing the wedge that is God into our lives will drive us away from the things we love?  Is it because we ultimately want to be as much of a god as possible?  There is no doubt that sexually transmitted diseases would not exist if we followed God’s rule of marriage.  There is no doubt that millions of children have died because of the diseases caused by promiscuous sex outside of God’s prescription for it.  So do we listen?  Not a chance.  In fact we regard the teaching of abstinence as foolish.  Why?  Because it would damage our ability to find pleasure?  Because it would hinder us from doing what we want?  And why has the culture in the United States become so self interested?  Why do we sue and destroy simply to get a few more dollars for ourselves?  “It’s business.”  As if the phrase ever made anyone feel better.  It’s not business!  Everything is personal!  We all know that.  There’s nothing more personal than having someone take your assets simply because they can and they want to.  Then again, how much easier would life be if we considered that everything we call our own we gave to God?  How much happier could life be if we considered everything we have a blessing from God; meant to be shared?  The Bible says, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.”  Job 1:21  That sounds like it sucks.  But only if we’re so concentrated on ourselves that we can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees.  There is more to life than what we’re living now.  YOLO (You Only Live Once), it’s a phrase that’s become popular through social medial recently.  Is it true?  One thing that is true, it leads to a life of whimsy, a life of doing what we want, when we want, right now.  Because... We only live once.  So “make the most of it” the world would say.  And so the phrase becomes self fulfilling.  We give up an eternity of perfect joy for a moment of guilty pleasure.  And we all know those moments do bring guilt.  No one in the history of the world has ever been satisfied with selfishness.  It just doesn’t happen.  Contrast that with the billions who have described there lives as satisfying even though they have relatively nothing.  There’s something about nothing that is sort of satisfying.  There’s something about simply surviving that is exciting.  We all need God to survive.  Every breath relies on Him.  Take joy in it.  Breathe and know that it is a gift.  Our lives are a gift.  That’s what so important about God.  Simply Everything!  

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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