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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Friday, November 29, 2013

Our True Hunger

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” - Mother Teresa

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” - Matthew 21:12-13

Propitiate: “to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

One of the first things I did after waking up early this morning was to look at my phone to see what time it was.  As I did, the lock screen also showed me a couple notifications.  One notification told me that one of my good friends sent me a message last night wishing me a happy Thanksgiving.  Above that, Facebook sent me a message to one of my pages reminding me that today is black friday and that I should write a post about it.  To be fair, Facebook sent that message to a vendor page that I have, so it wasn’t out of context and I’m not mad at Facebook for the message.  However, it shot right to the heart of what I’m feeling about this holiday season.  Especially this Thanksgiving.  Traditionally the friday after Thanksgiving is a day where a lot of people go out to buy a lot of gifts for their family friends and loved ones.  As a result, for a lot of companies and stores, the friday after Thanksgiving has also been the first day of the year when the business finally goes into the black and begins to make money for the year.  Hence, the name, black friday.  Again, I’m not upset about it.  Let’s be thankful we live with the blessings afford us that opportunity.  However, this year, I feel like we skipped Thanksgiving.  More stores than I can ever remember celebrated Thanksgiving by opening their doors to holiday shoppers by luring them in with sales galore.  Are we forgetting to give thanks?  Do we want something more so badly that we forget to appreciate what we have?  Have we forgotten what it means to be in need?  No doubt, there are those to whom Thanksgiving is a reminder that they don’t have a lot to be thankful for.  No doubt, there are those that spend Thanksgiving in need.  No doubt, we all need something.  But do we respond to that need by buying things we probably don’t need?  Do we respond by ignoring the real needs?  How do you respond?  Again, I’m not mad at black friday.  I’m not mad at buying things for Christmas.  I’m not mad at shopping.  But let’s not forget to be thankful.  Even as this years Thanksgiving has past, let’s search for the things we can be thankful for.  And at the same time be cognizant of our real needs.  We really need Jesus.  We really need Jesus.  We really need Jesus.  Thank God for His Son who died for us.  Through that act our real need has already been met.  So today, before we go shopping, before we get our tree, before we do whatever it is we have planned.  Let’s realize our real need and let’s accept and be thankful for the propitiation of our sins to God by Jesus on the Cross.  Nothing else matters nearly as much.  And nothing else has ever been needed more.  It’s what we all hunger for, more than anything else.  When food makes us sick.  When possessions swallow us whole.  When pleasure no longer satisfies.  We need love.  And no greater love has ever been released than when Jesus died on the Cross for you and me.  That is something we all need.  That is something we all want.  That is something we should all be thankful for every day of our lives.  Thank God for His love.

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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