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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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Thrill

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”  John F. Kennedy

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!  I sing for joy because of what you have done.  Psalm 92:4

Thrill:  “to move or pass so as to cause a sudden wave of emotion”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I’ve never understood daredevils.  I’ve never been one to seek a thrill.  I do like to drive fast and I love fast things.  But I’ve always been risk averse and I can always remember doing a risk analysis on most things I did.  If you like to take risks, if you like a thrill, that rush of adrenaline you get when your life is in danger, then good for you.  I’m not disparaging those things.  As long as your not being foolish and endangering lives unnecessarily.  However, that’s just not me.  But then again, those thoughts of fear from unneeded risk go away when I think about purpose.  With the prospect of saving a life I get excited at the thought of overcoming risks and braving danger.  With a purpose behind it, I get excited about jumping out of an airplane, driving too fast, or infiltrating enemy lines.  Do we follow Jesus the way I avoid perceived danger?  Are we risk averse when it comes to Christ?  We all are to some extent.  Even Peter considered the risk when he was asked if he knew Jesus.  Three times he decided to save himself from danger and deny Christ.  Most of us are lucky in that following Jesus doesn’t risk our lives.  But there are many who do risk their lives for Him.  The thing must of us are scared of risking is not our lives, but our dignity.  We’re scared to be called stupid or naive.  We’re scared to be labeled as crazy evangelicals.  We’re scared to be different.  But there can be a purpose in the risks of following Christ.  Do we ever think of them?  Would we be willing to slightly embarrass ourselves in front of strangers if it meant saving a soul?  Could we risk losing a friend because our values are different?  Is it worth leaving someone without Jesus because we’re afraid to be disagreed with?  Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”  Matthew 10:34-35  Too often we believe that following Jesus means never making a wave.  But following Him will almost always make a wave.  It’s not our job to always keep the waters calm.  However, Jesus, like that night on the sea of Galilee, can calm any storm.  I’m not saying that we should purposely create conflict, but that we should be ready for it.  There will be conflict in a Christian’s life.  It will take courage for us to follow Him.  But what a thrill it will be when we get to spend eternity with God.  There is a purpose in danger, there is a purpose in following Christ.  The purpose is Christ.  And is there a better purpose than that?

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,

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