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 24, 2013

Follow The Path


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.

From the song The Old Rugged Cross by George Bennard

Surely he has born our griefs 
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned-every one-to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6

Integrity:  “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : Incorruptibility”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Thunk, thunk thunk...  Tunk tunk tunk.
Than it began in earnest.  What had been a mist for that past few hours had now progressed into a downpour.  The large tropical raindrops audibly crashed against the brim of Lt. Shaw’s woodland boony-hat.  The compound was just visible on the hilltop across the deep ravine.  It’s naked top set it apart from the other hills.  That, and the guard-towers, fencing, and shacks that formed the makeshift jungle prison that held the captives his fire team were after today.  Behind him was Jasper, Gareth, Simpson, LaSalle, and the obligatory Smith.  Each had his role.  Each was an expert.  They all relied on one another.  And for now at least.  They all were following him.  He had his goal, now it was time for them to get there.  They were to rescue eight prisoners.  Six innocent men, a woman, and a baby girl.  
Up to this point, the mission had been somewhat simple.  Stay out of sight and sound; and move towards the target.  Now it was about to get real.  A little more complex.  He wouldn’t say it was nervousness, but it was definitely a different feeling he had.  Anxiousness was probably the best way to describe it.  He knew his team could accomplish this task.  He had every confidence that the mission would be successful.  Still, this is a risky business.  And not the type Tom Cruise was into.  With any luck, no shots would even be fired.  But of course, that would take some luck.  He became aware of the functions and feelings of his body.  His breathing.  The way and location his feet touched the ground.  His thoughts.  They all had to work perfectly now.  But he knew that, soon muscle memory would take over.  His training would come into full force and his actions would be reactions more than anything else.  But the SEALs have a saying, “You don’t run to your death.”  So for now he and his men are careful.
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me.  Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”*  He spoke these words knowing His goal.  It was night, but if He could have seen through the darkness, He would have been able to see the hilltop across the ravine.  Death set it apart from all the others.  He knew what was going to happen there.  That a cross with His name on it would stand.  And so now, He sweat drops of blood in anxiety.  Tomorrow He would follow that path that would become know as the Via Delorosa the “Way of suffering.”
A leader must not only understand the need, know how to follow, and know their goal; they must also be willing and able to follow the path towards that goal.  No one will ever follow a leader who has everything figured out, but doesn’t have the integrity to follow through and stay on target.  The first story I told was fictional, although events like it happen more often than we could imagine.  The second is true.  They are both stories of rescue.  One of a family of eight.  The other of the human race.  Both required grit and determination; courage and purpose.  Every one of us is in need of rescue.  Every one of us is in a makeshift compound that keeps us imprisoned.  The only way out is through the Cross.  We can’t jump the fence.  We can’t outsmart the guards.  The devil has us hemmed in on every side, whether we know it or not.  But God already planted the Cross in the midst of our hardship.  The only way out is to follow Him who hung on it. 
If you’re gonna lead, follow Jesus.  It’s the only path worth following.  It’s the only path that has a goal of eternal life through salvation.  And somehow it puts all other goals into perspective.
*Luke 22:42
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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