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, October 29, 2013

We Need Help


“Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.”  Victor Hugo

For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10

Vice:  “a weakness of character or behavior; a bad habit”  New Oxford American Dictionary

Humans...  We don’t change much.  But then how can we?  Constantly thinking of ourselves.  What would make us feel better.  How we could have more things.  How good we are...  And I’m no exception.  Have you ever caught yourself listening to advice or council, simply to apply it to someone else?  Ever thought that a sermon or a speech was good because you could identify other people in it?  Just the other day I was at church finding myself agreeing with a point because, “I knew people like that.”  Guess what?  I’m people like that.  Too often we use wisdom as ammunition for our guns of righteousness, in order to blast all those “other sinners” away.  Maybe I’m an exception, but I think I could concentrate on myself just a little more.  On what I could do to be a better person.  How I could be closer to God.  How I could help others a little more affectively.  It’s really hard to see our own faults.  Ya, we try to become better people.  We try to learn how to manage affectively or be good friends.  But when it comes down to it, a lot of times, we’re trying to build on something we believe is perfectly acceptable, if not faultless.  As if we’re a building and we’re just adding onto its majesty.  However, we are not faultless.  We are far from perfect.  If we were a building, it’s not an addition we’d need, but a remodel.  I know I’ve often failed in my friendships.  I’ve been a poor husband.  I’ve been a lazy worker.  And even now, notice how I list my faults in past tense.  As if now I’ve got it all figured out.  As if now I’m a perfect husband, worker, and friend.  As if I’m not going to mess up again.  I know I will mess up again.  We all will.  We all know it.  But it’s hard to say it in present tense.  And often we shouldn’t.  Not to others anyway.  Apologize for our mistakes?  Of course.  Admit our failings and weaknesses to others?  Sometimes maybe, but not always.  And here’s why.  Because of Jesus.  He’s offered to change us from the inside out.  Not that we’ll become perfect in action, but that we’ll change in spirit and motivation.  Not that we’ll never sin again.  But that every sin is already forgiven.  To say that we’re imperfect, that we’re sinners, that we’re all messed up, is accurate.  But to identify with our vices is to deny the work of The Lord in our lives.  Every piece of advice, every word of counsel, every sermon; is useful for our edification.  However, the only thing able to perfect us is the Cross and the forgiveness of our sins because of it.  So let’s realize our imperfection.  Let’s strive to become better.  But let’s never forget Jesus.  He’s the reason we have a hope.

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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