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 22, 2014

Why Jesus?


"In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I am alone
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Give me Jesus"
- Excerpts from the song Give Me Jesus By Jeremy Camp

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. - Galatians 5:22-24

Discursive: “proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition” - Dictionary.com

Why Jesus?  What’s the big deal?  Why do we want Him in our times of trouble?  Why not Gandhi or Buddha?  There are great men worth emulating, but we don’t need them when death seems near.  Not in the same way at least.  The closest thing for many of us would be our mothers.  Who hasn’t seen an image of a young soldier calling for their mother while dying on the battlefield?  What is it that is comforting and reassuring?  Unconditional love.  Our mothers will always love us.  Be disappointed...  Sure.  Love...  Always.  And so much more it is with Jesus.  Love, joy peace...  The fruits of the Spirit are what we all want.  No matter what we believe.  Even those who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion or whatever.  They want there to be a Jesus.  Why?  Because there’s nothing like Him.  He’s hard to believe.  Not because it’s hard to believe a man named Jesus of Nazareth existed and created a following and was crucified.  All of that is hard to dispute, even from a purely historical perspective.  It’s even hard to dispute His resurrection.  What’s so hard to believe, is what He is.  That He would die for all of us.  It moves us to tears for no explainable reason.  Many people have sacrificed their lives for our benefit.  And it does make us cry.  However, not in the same way.  Not in a way that is comforting some how.  This world is full of evil and corruption.  It takes a psychosis to not want an escape.  But where is the escape?  Is it to blind ourselves from the ills of the world?  Sooner or later they will make themselves known.  Where is the escape?  Is it in service, in trying to change the world?  People have been working on behalf of the world for generations.  Slavery still exists.  Suffering still exists.  The percentage of people who still die is exactly the same, 100 percent.  You have to forget about most of the world to believe it’s getting noticeably better.  Where is the escape?  Is it in becoming the best person we can be?  Who doesn’t feel guilt.  No matter how good we may become, we all will still have a past.  We all have corrupted thoughts.  We all need forgiveness.  The only escape from the ills of this world is Jesus.  One could claim death as an escape.  But that would be to forget that death is this world’s ultimate ill.  So what about death and where is its escape?  Jesus.  That’s why there is a longing in our hearts to simply say, “You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.”
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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