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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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Don't Be A Fake

“You can’t fake it when you’re alone with God, you know.”  Jim Bakker

“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’”  Jesus - Matthew 7:21-23

Ersatz:  “being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Today is Halloween.  As fake a holiday as there can be.  In celebration we dress up like weird characters and scary monsters to elicit some sort of reaction.  And it’s all in good fun.  However, what happens when our lives become fake?  There’s a picture going around the internet of a few Chinese officials visiting on elderly woman in what appears to be a hospital.  The problem is, a closer look reveals a picture so badly faked it’s comical.  You may also know Jim Bakker’s story.  I quoted him because his statement is self evidently true.  But his story isn’t.  He is the inventor of the typical televangelist persona.  You know the guy that tells you there will be rewards for you in heaven if you pay him your money.  That’s him and he was a fake.  You’ve heard the phrase, “Honesty is the best policy.”  It’s trite I know, but it’s also true.  However, honesty isn’t just something we do.  It’s something we are.  We can just as easily be an ersatz version of ourselves to ourselves.  We can begin to believe we are something we aren’t.  But God knows.  God knows we aren’t any sort of savior.  He knows that being a great athlete doesn’t make you deserve any more than a great husband or wife.  God knows that going to church doesn’t make you a better person than the guy at the bar down the street.  But we fool ourselves sometimes.  We say to ourselves, “I’m an inherently good person.”  Or, “I’m good, because I’m doing good.”  Maybe even, “I’m a good example, I deserve this…”  God knows.  God knows you can’t save yourself.  He knows we can’t be good.  God knows that Jesus is our only hope.  And so, we put our trust in Him, because everything on earth will let us down.  The Jim Bakkers will try to fool us out of our money.  We’ll be trick-or-treated every day, in very real ways.  In no way am I saying we shouldn’t go to church and listen to our pastor.  That we should automatically revolt from the government.  We need to be careful of who we trust, but we don’t have the ability to verify everything.  That’s why our full trust should be centered on God.  When He is at the center, not only does it become easier to see the fakes, but it makes it clear that our world is not, and cannot be destroyed by them.  Even if at one point we trusted them. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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