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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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Friday, November 8, 2013

A Good Dad

“Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step.”  Oswald Chambers

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:  ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’  So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.  And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.  Then the word of the LORD came to me:  ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD.  Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.’”  Jeremiah 18:1-6

Mitigate:  “to cause to become less harsh or hostile”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This morning the car seat and stroller for our baby Cora was delivered to our house.  I have never been very interested in baby equipment.  It’s never been very relevant to my life.  But something changed this morning.  Somehow, nothing on earth could be more important now.  I can’t wait to strap our baby girl into that little harness and carry her around.  In fact, we practiced buckling in a stuffed owl, just to learn how.  And the thought comes to mind.  Am I capable of being a good dad.  The mistakes I’ve made.  The selfishness.  The bad attitudes.  Can those things stay in my past?  The answer has to be a resounding…  No.  Of course I’ll still make more mistakes.  Things will make me mad.  I’ll be selfish once more.  But through it all, can I be a good dad?  And the answer is definitely…  Yes!  But WILL I be a good dad?  With the grace of God, I hope and pray so.  Because there is going to be a future in that car seat.  A future that can’t afford to be ruined by my mistakes.  That’s a scary thing to comprehend.  That our mistakes have the power to ruin.  But the mistakes we’ve made can’t be allowed to paralyze the future we can influence.  When I strap baby Cora into her car seat for the first time, she will be a clean slate of innocence.  Her past won’t be holding her up.  There won’t be guilt weighing her down.  She’ll be a new birth containing a lifetime of potential.  She’ll grow and that will all change.  But in that moment, she’ll be a fresh new creation.  She’ll be clay in the Potter’s hands.  And so it can be for all of us.  Each day can meet a new person in us.  Whether that day begins in a warm bed, or on a cold slab of jail concrete.  Each moment offers rebirth.  The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in Jeremiah 18 was not a good word for Israel in the moment.  In fact, it promised destruction.  Israel had become a spoiled piece of clay.  However, God was in control of their destiny.  He knew how to turn their imperfection into something useful.  It’s no different for you and I.  Our imperfection is what it takes to create a change for the better.  Because God is in control, we don’t have to be destroyed by our mistakes.  We’re all spoiled vessels.  However, we’re all spoiled in the Potter’s hand.  The Bible says, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our Potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8  But the choice is ours.  Make no mistake, God is in control whether we choose Him or not.  But we have the choice to be a useful vessel for Him.  No one else can make that decision for us.  He is what it takes to turn our messed up, torn up, beat up life; into a life worth living.  He can make any life a valuable life, because He values life.  God wants to mold us and use us as a tool for Him, for the betterment of this world.  Let’s accept His offering.  Let’s deny the past part of our lives that are holding us back.  Let’s choose to succumb to the Potters hand and let His wheel we call life form us into the new creation He always intended us to be.  We all have a future, some shorter than others for sure.  But for all of us, that future’s potential is best realized through His work in our lives.  Let Him work.

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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